ANP Central President Asfandyar Wali Khan addressing at a
Asfndyar Wali Khan, Central President of Awami National Party on
Thursday urged politicians and Civil society to step forward and help government
steer the country out of daunting crisis.
Addressing a luncheon, hosted by independent MPA Dr. Khalid Raza Zakori at a
local hotel in Peshawar, Asfandyar Wali conceded that the growing insurgency has
gripped Pakhtun land and hundreds of children are falling victim to the menace
on one hand, while we, the Pakhtuns are indulging in internal disputes over
petty issues, on the other.
He was of the view that Pakistan was passing through very critical phase of
its history and if present leadership failed to assess the situation, the
further generations would never forgive them.
Asfandyar said that being a responsible members of the society, we should
question ourselves as to whether it is simple law and order situation or an open
insurgency, that we are facing nowadays.
"I think majority of people consider it an open insurgency and everyone knows,
how an insurgency should be dealt with", he said. He urged that society and
government should wage a joint war against militancy and insurgency.
He said that this was not a fight between religious and infidel forces as
terrorists had even bombed and targeted mosques, Hujras (Jirga) and even funeral
prayers." Today, we have to tell the world as to where we stand either for peace
or war, for love or hatred and to kill and to be killed", he emphasized. He said
that being politicians, journalists, religious scholars and other responsible
members of society, we have to tell the truth.
About Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s remarks and the issue of "Greater Pakhtunistan" he
refused to pass any remarks, saying, he had great regard for him. " Instead of
indulging in petty confrontations, we should focus on our main problems". he
He maintained that his enemies were only those who were bent upon killing
children and turning them as human bombs. "We still believe in process of
dialogues and negotiations and even the person, who masterminded attack on my
own life will be forgiven, if he renounces the violence", he voiced. He said
that ANP had always opposed foreign interference and would still fully oppose if
external or internal forces attack Pakistan’s soil.
"Peace and stability in Pakistan and Afghanistan are co-related, as a peaceful
and prosperous Afghanistan was a must for peace and tranquility in Pakistan", he
He said that if Punjab had the right over its wheat, Pakhtunkhwa should also
have authority over electricity it was generating. He said that his party did
not strive only for political autonomy but also demanded complete provincial