Osama attack: Imran demands resignation of Zardari, Gilani

Politician Imran Khan described US operation in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden a "failure" of Pak`s political and military leadership.

Last Updated: May 06, 2011, 18:17 PM IST

Lahore: Describing US operation in Abbottabad
that killed Osama bin Laden a "failure" of Pakistan`s
political and military leadership, cricketer-turned-politician
Imran Khan on Friday sought the resignation of President Asif Ali
Zardari and Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani.

"The Abbottabad operation has put the country`s security
at stake as it was a failure of the government and its
agencies," Khan said.

He demanded the resignation of President Zardari and
Premier Gilani.

Khan said Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani should
explain the facts about the Abbottabad raid to the nation and
he should resign if he is unable to do so.

"The Army Chief should resign if he fails to explain
the US operation," he said.

The raid by US commandos had put at stake the sovereignty
of Pakistan and undermined the country`s integrity, he said.

Khan alleged that both the political and military
leadership were involved in this incident.

Zardari and Gilani should apologise to the country for
"their irresponsible statements regarding the US attack", he
said.

Khan said his Tehrik-e-Insaf party will organise a
sit-in on the route of NATO supply trucks if even a single US
drone strike is carried out inside Pakistani territory now.

He demanded that the armed forces of the US and its
allies should leave Pakistan and Afghanistan as they had
achieved their objective of killing bin Laden.

He also demanded mid-term polls in Pakistan using
electronic electoral lists and computerised national identity
cards, saying the existing set-up had lost its credibility.

Khan criticised the country`s rulers, including the
PML-N leadership in Punjab, accusing them of looting and
plundering the country`s resources.

Commenting on the alliance between the PPP and PML-Q at
the centre, he said that after PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, the
PML-Q leaders too had reconciled with the PPP-led government.

These leaders had joined hands for a "corruption
spree" and they would not hold each other accountable, he
claimed.

PTI