Will search for Rao Anwar with you, Imran tells protesters

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Sunday promised the protesting Mehsud tribe to find Rao Anwar — wanted for the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud.

Anwar is wanted to the authorities for the extrajudicial killing of Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan who was killed along with three others in a fake encounter in Karachi on January 13.

“Rao Anwar has not only killed Naqeebullah, he has killed others too,” Imran said. “Be it Islamabad or elsewhere, I will find Rao Anwar with you.”

He claimed that many other citizens were murdered in Karachi in the same way Naqeebullah was killed.

“I kept trying to raise my voice against oppression.”

The PTI chief was addressing a press conference outside the National Press Club in the federal capital, where members of the Mehsud tribe are staging a protest sit-in to demand justice in the Naqeebullah killing case.

“Your demands are justified, you are not alone, the entire country is with you,” he told the protestors, as he criticised drone attacks in Waziristan. “The drone attacks are a violation of human rights.”

The PTI chief stressed that the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and KP must merge at the earliest possible.

“I will make efforts to ensure the earliest possible merger of FATA with KP,” he said, adding that his party will start a movement for the cause.

“Ministers of this government are unaware of the problems faced by the residents of tribal areas.”

He assured the citizens of tribal areas that he would convey their demands to the army chief.

‘Should have never participated in US war’ In his address, Imran also claimed that he was always opposed to sending the Pakistan Army to the tribal areas.

“We should have never participated in the United States’ war,” he said. “We should not have sent our army to the tribal areas.”

Criticising former president Pervez Musharraf, the PTI chief said the former would not have deployed the army in the tribal areas had he studied history.

“I was against the war so I was labelled Taliban Khan,” he said. “I marched for peace in Waziristan along with human rights groups.