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Centre flayed for assuring US of supply resumption

Bureau Report 2013-12-11
PESHAWAR, Dec 10: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has criticised federal government for assuring the US government of resumption of Nato supplies to Afghanistan.

In a press release issued here on Tuesday, PTI vowed to continue its anti-drone protest in the province.

Supplies to Nato and US forces would not be permitted as long as the drone strike continued, it added.

The release said that PTI lawmakers Hamidul Haq, Jamshed Khan, Fazle Illahi, Zareen Zia and Arif Yousaf visited the protest camp, set up at Hayatabad Township.

The PTI workers would continue theprotest for years if they were asked by their leaders, it said, adding that despite government`s assurance to the US the Nato supplies would not be allowed through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The in-charge of the protest camp, Zaheer Younas Mohmand, said on the occasion that they were determined to achieve their objectives. The PTFs protest compelled the US defence secretary to visit Pakistan after four years, he said.

He said that PTI and its allied parties hadn`t allowed any Nato vehicle to pass through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since the launch of anti-drone campaign on November 23.Led by MPA Mehmood Jan, PTI workers from PK-7 constituency participated in the camp according to the one-month duty schedule issued for the party activists.

The workers of Jamaat-i-Islami and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad, allies of PTI in the provincial government, also attended the camp.

FATA ALLIANCE: The All Fata Political Alliance, an amalgamation of eight parties, has asked the federal government to hold local bodies` elections and announce a package of Rs2 billion for the displaced tribal people.

A meeting of the alliance was held here that was attended by AkhunzadaChittan of PPP, Haji Badshah of PMLN, JFs Dr Munsif Khan, QWP`s Advocate Zahir Shah, Abdul Latif Afridi of ANP, National Party`s Nisar Khan, Rasheed Khan of JUI and Iqbal Afridi of PTL The meeting decided to hold a jirga at Nishtar Hall on December 21 to discuss problems of tribal people, said a press release.

It said that the alliance would focus on the development of militancy-hit tribal people and wage joint struggle to end discrimination against them.

It also demanded an end to the US drone attacks in Fata and vowed to strive for the rights of the tribal people.