PESHAWAR: President of the Awami National Party Pakhtunkhwa Senator Afrasiab
Khatak said that the terrorists had established a parallel government in tribal
areas and action against them was necessary.

“The sanctuaries of militants in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
have to be dismantled to bring peace to Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he told a
joint meeting of ANP Peshawar city and district here in Peshawar on Sunday.

Welcoming the military operation in South Waziristan, the senator said the
forces should also take action against the militants in other tribal agencies.
He said the people of the country have seen the real face of militants who
exploited the name of Islam for their own vested interest.

Khatak further said the tribesmen were not terrorists, rather they were made
hostage by terrorists. He held the eight years of dictatorial regime of General
Pervez Musharraf responsible for the prevailing mess in the country.

Afrasiab Khatak said Pakistan must bring basic changes in foreign policy and
develop friendly relations with neighbouring countries. He said the present
government, besides tackling the issue of militancy, was also striving hard to
address the problems of common man. “The only solution to the country’s problem
is in democracy and strong democratic institutions,” he stressed.

Senator Khatak termed the recently announced National Finance Commission (NFC)
award as a success in which the share of provinces was increased. He said the
constitutional committee would soon finalise the recommendations, which would
help address the grievances of smaller federating units.