- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pakistani opposition forces said Wednesday they will block off all NATO trucks from bringing supplies into Afghanistan — and to American troops — unless the United States agrees to a quick end to drone strikes.

The opposition party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, is headed by a former Pakistani cricket club captain, Imran Khan. It rules in the northwestern region, in the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and its council voted to block off the trucks’ access beginning Nov. 20, unless the United States quit firing off drone strikes, United Press International reported.

The province is a major player in the transport of supplies and goods across the border to U.S. and NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan.

The party’s resolution follows last week’s drone killing of the leader of the Pakistan Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, UPI reported.

It’s still not known if the province has the legal authority to block the supply routes without obtaining permission from Pakistan’s federal authorities, an analyst told The Wall Street Journal. But many are puzzled by the province’s threats.

“What this drone strike has done is put a mass murderer out of business, yet this nation seems to be in mourning,” Pakistani security analyst Rifaat Hussain said, to The Wall Street Journal. “Politics is driving everything.”

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