Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was swept into office earlier this year on a campaign promise to end US drone strikes. As his government has failed to deliver on that, he is instead turning on the protesters trying to impose a de facto blockade on NATO supplies.
Officials from the PM’s office say that he has issued a statement demanding the organizer of the protesters, Pakistani Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) party leader Imran Khan, end the sit-ins and demonstrations, claiming they are “damaging the national economy.”
Khan is unlikely to give in on that, however, and so Sharif has also ordered the inspector general of the police to begin drawing up plans to forcibly end the protests on “national security” grounds.
Since the election, Sharif has issued a few statements demanding the US end the drone strikes, but as the missiles continue to rain down on Pakistan, there is growing speculation that he is following the same strategy as his predecessors, criticizing the strikes while secretly endorsing them in an effort to curry favor with the US.
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claiming [demonstrations] are “damaging the national economy.” …hmmm… so I'm reading that the moneybags have threatened to cease dispensing. Try imagining how a 'national economy' in a coutry populated in the hundreds of millions would depend on you not 'demonstrating' …
…also hard to imagine what could be a more pressing 'national security' concern than foreigners mutilating your citizens unaccountably from the air –unless n.s., as with n.e., means something when he sez it other than what we would mean when we say it.
Don't forget that the object of these demonstrators also lied about ceasing drone strikes so they could murder their partner in peace talks.
Sharif is the SCUM of the Earth.
I hope the Pakistani People hold him to his Election promises to "stop the drone strikes" . Or maybe they could arrange for a drone to strike him
Sharif is a traitor to his own people. The people of Pakistan should exercise their religious duty by issuing a 'Fatwa,' "The love of free money by politicians to droned their own citizens…..Is the root of all evil."
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