PESHAWAR: President of ANP and Chairman NA Standing
Committee on Foreign Relations Asfandyar Wali Khan emphatically declared on
Thursday that the provincial government of Pakhtunkhwa and the Awami
National Party stood by the Swat peace pact, which was followed by the
endorsement of the Nizam-e-Adl Regulations 2009 by the President of Pakistan,
adding that people had mandated the ANP for the establishment of lasting peace.
Addressing a gathering of displaced people at Chota
Lahore Relief Camp near Sawabi Interchange on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway,
the party chief recalled that despite the endorsement of the NAR by the
President Zardari, the pro-Taliban militants continued with their activities and
entered the Buner district in total violation of the peace deal.
The situation would soon return to normalcy in the province and the displaced
people would soon return to their homes with honour and dignity, he assured.
He made it clear that even today, the ANP government
stood by the peace arrangement made with the TNSM for the Malakand Division.
Asfandyar Wali Khan denounced the propaganda campaign against him by certain
quarters that he had fled the country and shifted to Malaysia. " I had gone to
Malaysia for collecting donations for the IDPs as a large number of Swatis and
Buneris reside in Malaysia. I will be with my people till my death and I am not
the one who will flee the country", he said.
Establishment of peace in the Malakand Division is the top priority of the
present provincial government, he said, adding that the ANP had obtained heavy
mandate of the people in the February 2008 polls with the sole objective of
maintaining peace and harmony in the province.
Regarding the operation in South Waziristan, Asfandyar Wali Khan said it was not
on the cards at the moment.
The government would not leave the IDPs in this
difficult time, he said, adding that every affected family would get Rs 25,000
cash as compensation.
Similarly, orphan students in the IDP camps would be shifted to government
schools to save their precious time. He also ordered the concerned quarters to
ensure setting up of filtration plants, provision of fans, electricity and other
necessities of life in the relief camps.
Asfandyar also announced increasing the number of volunteers from 20 to 30 in
the camp and their daily allowance from Rs 200 to Rs 300. " The ANP would
continue to fight for the survival of Pukhtoons,” he said and assured the
victims that the Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal would ensure provision of basic
necessities of life at the camps.