|PTI 'peace march' sets off for South Waziristan|
06 October 2012
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) “peace march” left from the limits of Islamabad and proceeded towards South Waziristan on Saturday, Express News reported.
Speaking to the media before leaving Islamabad, PTI chief Imran Khan said, “[Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief] Maulana Fazlur Rehman is spewing venom against our peace march by calling us agents of Jews and Christians.”
Calling Rehman a “hypocrite”, Khan said that his condemnation against drones is only “superficial” and that the JUI-F chief did not want the drone campaign to end as it is running their “business”.
Responding to a question regarding security threats to his march, Khan said that if someone tries to stop them, they will stop.
Khan was addressing a gathering at Islamabad Toll Plaza before leaving Islamabad.
Express News correspondent Jamshed Khan said that the PTI chief will stop at the Balkasar Interchange and address a rally there.
The motorcade will drive across Talagang, Chakwal, Kundian, Mianwali, Karak, Dera Ismail Khan and finally enter Waziristan.
According to sources, however, the Tank administration has set up containers at routes leading to South Waziristan and will not allow the PTI march to proceed any further.
The administration has also said that any foreigners who do not have permission letters for entering Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa will not be allowed to enter the province.
Emergency was imposed in Tank and police holidays were recalled for dealing with the march.
A meeting of the PTI FATA chapter was held in Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan) where Chief Coordinatior DI Khan Malik Abdul Qayyum Khan condemned the government for blocking routes to stop people from Wana joining the march.
He said that the government had blocked routes between Tank and Pezo and had set up containers from DI Khan to Tank and at Manzai to stop the peace march from continuing past Tank.
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