Brighter future: Khattak says US should be forced to stop drone attacks
The newly elected Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak laid out the future roadmap of his government when he said that establishing peace, delivering good governance and eradicating corruption were the biggest challenges facing his government.
Talking to Shazeb Khanzada in Express News talk show “To The Point”, Khattak said that he hoped the Americans would be forced to stop drone attacks, but clarified that the responsibility would rest with the federal government.
“Stopping the drone attacks is the responsibility of Nawaz Sharif and he should announce a clear policy on terrorism,” he said.
Khattak added that there were no training centres of terrorism in the country and that the armed forces would take action if such centres existed. He added that all three coalition partners in the province would chalk out a strategy to ensure peace and send the army back to barracks.
Our government is discussing the Nato supply routes issue and will announce a policy very soon, added Khattak.
“We don’t fear the might of the US, but we are afraid of any potential loss to our province. We don’t want any more casualties of the people or any loss to our army. We want peace and prosperity,” said Khattak.
Talking about the governance challenges facing his government, Khattak said “I am under a lot of pressure to deliver. If I fail to deliver during my tenure, I shall quit.”
Corruption is the second biggest problem of our province, said Khattak. He added that while his party chief had promised eradicating corruption in 90 days, he would get rid of the menace in 30 days through active complaint cells.
Appreciating Nawaz Sharif, Khattak said that the incoming prime minister had taken appreciable steps for democracy, however it would have been challenging for PML-N to form a government in K-P. Khattak said that his party had decided not to have any contacts with JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman due to his policy of hypocrisy.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 4th, 2013.