ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, on Monday strongly condemned Barack Obama’s decision to attack Syria.
Imran said that issue of chemical weapons attack in Damascus needs to be investigated by UN inspectors and action taken on the basis of UN reports should be in accordance with the UN charter.
The US President Barack Obama said on Saturday last that he would seek congressional approval before taking military action against Damascus for its apparent use of chemical weapons.
Terming Obama’s decision to seek approval from the US Congress for military intervention an internal political issue, Imran said that it did not legitimise the strikes in front of the international community. A suspected chemical attack near Damascus on August 21 is said to have killed hundreds. The Syrian government has denied any involvement and has instead accused rebel forces of the attack, he added.
The PTI Chairman said, “The powerful cannot be allowed to break international norms with impunity”.
He added that Pakistan had also suffered at the hands of the military-intensive approach followed by the US in the form of drone strikes, which were illegal.
He said, “Secretary of State John Kerry’s declaration that Congressional approval was not required was a reflection of the militaristic policies displayed by the Obama administration during its previous and present tenure in office. It is time that international laws should be honoured and respected,” Khan continued, adding that this was the only way to curb intra-state and inter-state conflicts.