Imran Khan Condemns US Decision to Attack Syria

on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf condemned Obama’s decision to consider carrying out a military strike in Syria.

On August 21, hundreds were killed in a suspected chemical attack near Damascus. The Syrian government denied any involvement in the attack, instead throwing the blame on rebel forces.

Khan said that the issue of whether or not the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the attacks in Damascus needed to be looked into by the United Nations inspectors. Depending on the basis of the UN reports, actions would then be taken, which action would need to be in accordance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

On Saturday, Barrack Obama, the United States president said that he would seek congressional consent before military action was taken against Damascus for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Khan declared that the American military action against Syria -which is a sovereign member state of the UN- would be against the UN Charter and international law, and they could not break these international norms with impunity. He pointed out that Pakistan suffered from this US cavalier militaristic approach in the illegal drone attacks against its citizens.

John Kerry, the Secretary of State’s declared that the Congressional approval was not needed. Imran Khan said that this declaration reflected the militaristic policies that are displayed by Obama’s administration, both in its previous, as well as present term in office.

Khan said that the International Law should be respected, adding that it was the only way to protect the global community from intrastate and interstate conflicts.

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