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Hope Obama gives peace a chance: Imran Khan

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2012, 20:27
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Gurgaon: Describing Barack Obama as a man whose "natural instincts are against war", Pakistani politician Imran Khan Wednesday hoped the US President would "give peace a chance" and stop CIA-operated drone attacks now that he had been re-elected.

"What Pakistan would be hoping for is a de-escalation of violence in Afghanistan and the drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas," the cricketer-turned politician told reporters at the World Economic Forum conference being held here.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief said Obama's "natural instincts are against war".

"Now he (Obama) is no longer under pressure to be re-elected. We hope he will give peace a chance, which we so desperately need," he said.

Khan said Obama's first term in office had been "very tough on Pakistan -- an increase in drone attacks and a surge in Afghanistan and increased militancy in Pakistan as a result."

Imran said he wanted Obama to call a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying if Americans do not "get it right, it is conceivable that they will leave it in a bigger mess than they found it."

Khan has campaigned for an end to US drone strikes against suspected Taliban and al Qaeda militants in Pakistan's tribal areas, saying they result in civilian casualties.

He argues the strikes are illegal and counterproductive.

In October, Khan had led thousands of supporters -- and some US peace activists -- on a march to the edge of Pakistan's restive tribal districts to protest against drone strikes.

PTI

 
First Published: Wednesday, November 07, 2012, 20:13
 
 

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