Awami National Party Central President Asfandyar Wali Khan on Wednesday
placed three conditions for talks with the Taliban, including acceptance of writ
of the government, stopping bloodshed and never using Pashtun soil for carrying
attacks inside Pakistan and the neighbouring countries.
Addressing a party meeting at the Nishtar Hall Peshawar held in connection with
the 23rd death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and fifth death
anniversary of Milli Rehber Khan Abdul Wali Khan, ANP chief said everlasting
peace was the top priority of the Pakhtuns.
“We are the followers of Bacha Khan and Wali Khan, who had always advocated for
peace and non-violence,” Asfandyar said, but added it did not mean that they
would abandon their mission for peace under threats and aggression.
Commenting on the Karachi situation, Khan said that the MQM should recognise the
reality that the Pakhtuns had strengthened their political, social and economic
roots in the city and the ANP was the only platform for the Pakhtuns living in
Karachi. “Shahi Said is enjoying the mandate of the Pakhtuns in Karachi and the
ANP leaders and workers from all over the country would support him in his
struggle for Pakhtun rights,” he added.