The central senior vice president of the Awami National Party (ANP), Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel, has the announcement of the federal government about Kalabagh dam.

In a press statement he said the Kalabagh dam issue has been buried once and for all as Sindh and NWFP have passed resolutions against this controversial project on many occasions.

He has also welcomed naming the province as Pakhtunkhwa through a constitutional amendment as part of the proposed constitutional package, saying it would fulfill a longstanding demand of the people of the province and would get its old historical name once again.

Haji Adeel claimed the resolution in this regard moved in the provincial assembly during the government of Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan was supported besides Awami National Party, by Pakistan People's Party, including Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Pakistan Muslim League, Jamaat-i-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam and all the independent members of the assembly belonging to Hazara and southern districts.

He added that only two members had voted against the resolution.

Haji Adeel observed that in case the government of Mian Nawaz Sharif had not been packed up and the assemblies had not been dissolved, he would have changed the name of the province by making amendment in the constitution, but it could not happen so because Musharraf imposed martial law in the country.

He also welcomed the doing away of the concurrent list and granting greater autonomy to the provinces through the proposed constitutional amendments package and termed the clipping of the powers of the Council of Common Interests, National Finance Commission and president as a step forward towards the attainment of this goal.

He expressed the hope that with the adoption of the proposed amendments the federation of Pakistan would become more democratic, more federal and more parliamentary and the majority of the opposition members in the Senate would help with the passage of these amendments in keeping with the democratic traditions