PESHAWAR - While inaugurating a three-day anti-polio campaign in Nowshera on Wednesday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan appealed to Taliban to give up violence and come to the table of dialogue.
Talking to reporters, Imran Khan said that without an end to drone attacks, dialogue process was impossible. He urged the federal government to stop US drone attacks in Pakistan to start peace talks with Taliban.
KPK Chief Minister Parvez Khattak, Provincial Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzi and PTI Secretary General Jehangir Tarin were also present on the occasion.
Imran maintained that the KPK government had stopped Nato supplies for the sake of peace as without peace, investment and employment opportunities were not more than a dream in the province.
He claimed the KPK government had put enough pressure on the US for stopping drone attacks, but the federal government was not serious in this regard. He also appealed to JUI-S Chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq to play his role in the dialogue process with Taliban.
He pointed out that loadshedding and price hike were federal issues and the federal government had failed to provide relief to the poverty-stricken masses. He asserted the KPK government was bringing revolution in revenue, police, health and education sectors, adding the masses would benefit from these reforms soon.
He also asked the people to get their children immunised against polio vaccine as the rising number of such cases was not only endangering the lives of children but also creating hurdles for the youth in getting visas for jobs in foreign countries.
"The elements involved in attacking polio workers are not well wishers of Pakhtuns and Pakistan; instead, they are enemies of our people,” he remarked while talking to journalists after inaugurating the polio campaign in district Nowshera.
The PTI chief said future of children would remain unsafe if this dangerous disease was not controlled timely. He said foreign countries would not allow entry to the people of Pakistan without immunisation records.
“The polio workers are mujahideen (crusaders) and are performing their duties despite serious threats of attacks,” he held. He pointed out that other countries had got rid of this disease, but it still existed in Pakistan.
He paid rich tributes to the polio workers who had sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and expressed his full support for the bereaved families.
Earlier, Imran Khan also visited the houses of the slain staff of bomb disposal units and offered fateha for the departed souls. He said that in this hour of grief, the PTI government would not leave the families of the martyrs alone and they would be fully compensated.