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Hope Obama gives peace a chance: Imran Khan

Wednesday, 7 November 2012 - 8:21pm IST Updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2012 - 8:22pm IST | Place: Gurgaon | Agency: PTI
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.'
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Describing Barack Obama as a man whose "natural instincts are against war", Pakistani politician Imran Khan on 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.


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