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`Arrest Imran Khan over ‘war in Afghan is Jihad’ remark`

Last Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 15:30

Islamabad: The Afghan government has strongly condemned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan for calling the ongoing war in Afghanistan against foreign troops ‘jihad.’

“This is clear interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs,” Farhad Azimi, deputy secretary of the Afghan parliament, said.

“We urge the Pakistani government to arrest people who support the Taliban,” he added.

According to the Express Tribune, Azimi said Afghan President Hamid Karzai would meet members of parliament in a regular session today to discuss the issue.

He is likely to issue some directions in this regard, he said.

The paper also quoted veteran journalist and political analyst Fahim Dashti as saying that this is not the first time Imran has given such a ‘negative’ statement about Afghanistan.

“It is a political slogan through which Khan wants to gain more support. Clearly this is neither fair nor logical,” Dashti said.

Dashti said that those who consider terrorism a threat would never support Khan in this stance, adding “even if they are supporting him, he will lose them slowly.”


First Published: Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 15:29

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