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Pakistan: Imran Khan calls fighting in Afghanistan 'Jihad'

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 11 October 2012
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October 11, 2012

By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

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PESHAWAR – Imran Khan, a senior Pakistani politician, has declared the fighting in neighboring Afghanistan a "Jihad," or Islamic holy war "against foreign occupation."

Khan made his comments while speaking to journalists in Peshawar late on October 10.

Khan is the head of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf party (Movement for Justice).

A former cricket star, Khan led a rally last weekend to condemn U.S. drone strikes in the tribal areas.

Khan's movement has become prominent after senior leaders of other political parties and top members of the former military regime joined him over the past couple of years.

The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf party has attracted large crowds and favorable ratings in some major Pakistani cities.

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