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Imran Khan Calls Fighting In Afghanistan 'Jihad'

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan

Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan

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.

With reporting by