Provincial President of Awami National Party Mr. Afrasiab Khan Khattak talking to mediamen after Provincial Working Committee meeting here at Baacha Khan Markaz Peshawar on June.12,2008. CM Mr. Ameer Haider Khan Hoti also spoke to the press.
PESHAWAR: ANP gave "go ahead" signal to its government in the province to make more peace pacts with elements renouncing violence as the experiment bearing fruits & welcomes part of the proposed constitutional package that called for renaming NWFP as Pakhtunkhwa and doing away with the concurrent list and the controversial Kalabagh dam project.
Provincial president Afrasiab Khattak said this while briefing journalists after chairing Provincial Executive Committee meeting of the party here at Baacha Khan Markaz yesterday.
“There is war-like situation in FATA, which is adversely affecting parts of the province, we demand of the central government to include ANP in talks with the local groups of Taliban in FATA,” Afrasiab Khattak said.
The meeting expressed total satisfaction over the Pakhtunkhwa government's peace efforts and gave go ahead signal to make more such peace truce with elements renouncing violence.
"We can restore peace in FATA through adoption of the same mechanism which we tried in Swat and Dir," he added.
Afrasiab Khattak said that the meeting expressed grave concern over the unrest in tribal areas due to wrong and failed policies of the previous government.
"Federal government should involve ANP in working out development package and peace plan for FATA," he added.
He said that concrete measures to be taken to control the worsening law and order situation there otherwise it would affect the whole country.
The government must respect rights of the tribal people in order to bring them on par with developed areas.
Party welcomed the provision of renaming of the province in the 'constitutional package' and shelving Kalabagh Dam project by the federal government.
He said that the meeting lauded government's peace agreements with local Taliban and put forward various suggestions to make them more effective and result-oriented.
The provincial chief said that law enforcing agencies in the province were lacking human resource and other necessary equipment.
It demanded of the federal government to announce sufficient grants for strengthening the police department.
He said that people should hold jirgas and meetings at district level for restoration of peace in their respective areas.
“Certain forces were conspiring to fan bloodshed in the Pakhtun inhibited areas”, he warned that such an attitude would plunge that entire country into lawlessness.
“If this happens, the consequences will be more dangerous than that of 1971,” he said.
"People should maintain discipline and unity in their ranks to cope with the present situation," he added.
Answering a question, he said that ANP wanted the restoration of deposed judges through parliament and believed in independence of judiciary.
He said keeping in view the worst electricity load-shedding the meeting called for handing over Wapda to the province.
"Frontier province produces maximum electricity, therefore, it should have control over it and should be made provincial subject as it was the case before One-Unit," he elaborated
Nazim Kohistan Muhammad Yousaf also announced joining of ANP on the occasion and chief minister welcomed him.
Central leaders, MNAs, MPAs and other PWC members participated in the meeting.