NEW YORK: Central President of Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali Khan said on Saturday
night that intense efforts of the Pakistani political forces and army’s
operations have broken the back of insurgency in the country, but acts of
terrorism still pose a grave challenge. "The defeat of insurgency is great
success," the ANP chief told members of the Pakistani & Pakhtun community at a function organised by the Pakistan League of America, a non-political body.

Pakistan’s image abroad will not improve unless terrorism in all its forms
and manifestations was eliminated, he said, while lamenting the fact that
terrorists were killing their own countrymen. Asfandyar is here to address a
conference in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, honouring his grandfather
and famous Khudaie Khidmatgar
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Baacha Khan).

Addressing the newly-elected office-bearers of the league at their oath-taking
ceremony and later talking to the newsmen, the ANP chief pointed that
terrorist activity was going on in FATA, not in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He said his
party was determined to help in the efforts to wipe out terrorism, but if they
failed to turn the situation around, it will give up power.

Asfandyar Wali said that a peaceful Afghanistan was a must for Pakistan’s own
stability and prosperity. If the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was
sought, Pakistan would also have to eject foreign militants like the Arabs,
Uzbeks and Tajiks from its territory for establishing peace in the region.

He
said Pakhtuns in Karachi were in no danger, neither have they problem with
anyone in the mega city. The Pakhtuns had given their blood for the development
of Karachi and this must be recognised. A stable Pakistan needs stable Karachi,
the Asfandyar Wali added.

Replying to a question about relations with India, Asfandyar Wali Khan, who is
also the chairman of National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said there
was trust-deficit between the two neighbouring countries. Unless steps were
taken to improve the atmosphere, the relations between India and Pakistan won’t
improve.