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Imran Khan says terror ok if no other option

The Rediff News Bureau | January 09, 2009 14:25 IST

Imran Khan [Images], Pakistan's cricketing icon and head of the Tehreek e Insaaf party, told a court in Britain that he was in support of the right of people to take up arms against their government if there was no democratic alternative before them, The Independent newspaper has reported.

Khan was reported to have made the remarks at the trial of Faiz Baluch and Hyrbair Marri, accused of inciting terrorist attacks in Pakistan, a charge they deny. Baluch, from Wembley, and Marri, from Ealing in West London [Images], are also accused of collecting information for the Baluchistan Liberation Army, which is banned in the United Kingdom, and of using their web site to incite murder.

When Khan was asked during the trial at the Woolwich Crown Court by Baluch's defence counsel if the people of Baluchistan had other options to assert their will, Khan is reported to have told the court: 'Absolutely not. In Baluchistan there was military action going on, so there was no way of redressing the people's grievances.'

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