ISLAMABAD - Main opposition parties including PPP, MQM and ANP are ostensibly supporting PML-N government's stance on NATO supplies and opposing Imran Khan's approach stressing him to adopt 'rational approach' who is now determined to stage sit-in on December 5 in front of the Parliament House.

These political factions had earlier clearly refused to respond to Imran Khan's call to join him to block NATO supplies from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), where both PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) have been staging protest demonstration for the last 11 days. Even after observing foreign and local media's attention, these opposition parties are still on the same page against Khan's move to forcibly halt NATO supplies as even they start terming it 'hoodwinking' and irrational step to get political mileage.

They also went some extra miles in their criticism-cum-allegation by assuming that NATO containers might be allowed to go Afghanistan in the dark when usually cameras do not shoot the scene of halting supplies.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) is one of two key routes Nato supplies move in and out of Afghanistan and is seen as crucial as US-led allied forces prepare to withdraw from the war-torn country in 2014.

It would not be out of place to mention here that Awami Jamhoori Ittehad (AJI), Awami Muslim League (AML) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) had assured to stand with Imran Khan on this issue and so far no other party is supporting PTI's approach on NATO supplies.

Talking to The Nation, PPP central leader Taj Haider stressed that there was need of rational approach to deal with important matter of drone strikes, which is equally not acceptable to opposition and the government. "The government never stages protests rather tries to resolve the matter with a cool head," he said while asking the KPK government to take care of constitutional obligation on it.

Khan is blocking NATO supplies in KPK after former TTP's chief Hakimullah Mehsud's killing in drone attack, which is reflecting that this message is simply being conveyed only for the reason of TTP commander, the senior PPP leader felt.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had blocked NATO supplies for seven months but the cause was only attack on Salala check post and martyrdom of Pakistani soldiers. Despite the fact, he said, the drone attacks did not stop and are still going on in different areas.

When contacted, senior ANP's Senator Haji Adeel criticised the stance of PTI and JI on NATO supplies, saying that this protest to stop drone strike could not bear fruit. "Will KPK government dare hit drone as it is tantamount to announce war with NATO and US. It is only a wishful thinking," he said, adding that America might not change its stance so there is need to tackle it rationally.

He further said PTI has now become 'sit-in' party as they should seriously concentrate to resolve the issues of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KPK), where party is in power.  The third largest opposition party in National Assembly, MQM supposes that it is only a 'hoodwinking' with masses, as supply route from Karachi to Chaman is widely open for this purpose.

It was not an easy task as Pakistan has around 2200 kilometres border with Afghanistan, he added.

The PTI chief changing the dates, due to grave security situation in the country, had announced to block NATO supplies on November 23 (Saturday), and the participating workers are reportedly vowed that they would actively attend the scheduled sit-in in front of the Parliament on December 5.

The protest and sit-in camps have been set up at different points in four districts of the province which included Peshawar, Nowshera, Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan. Carrying their party's flags and banners, the PTI and JI workers have been protesting and set up sit-in camps for the last around two weeks, and on daily basis, workers of these parties gather at these points stopping NATO containers.