PESHAWAR, April 3: The jubilant activists of Awami National
Party observed thanksgiving day on Saturday in almost all districts and big
cities and of the province to celebrate renaming of NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Addressing a ‘Qaumi Jashan’ at Nishtar Hall, ANP provincial
president Senator Afrasiab Khattak set aside the impression that renaming of the
province would not deliver.

He said that the proposed 18th amendment, through which the province would get
new nomenclature, also guaranteed the long-awaited autonomy to provinces.

“It is a landmark victory. Let the people say, what they want.

The reality is that Pakhtuns have won,” he added. He said that Khyber was a
symbol of the impregnable defence of Pakhtuns where foreign conquerors faced
defeats.

The people now opposing the renaming were part of the committee that approved
the amendments, he said, adding that all the political forces must strive for
supremacy of parliament.

Amid thunderous clamping and slogans by ANP dancing workers at the jam-packed
hall, he said that Pakhtuns had reasons to celebrate the renaming of the
province because of the prolonged and tiresome struggle by their forefathers.

Earlier, Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti said that he would be the first
chief executive of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which was an honour for him. He
appreciated the hard work done by the constitutional committee, which according
to him, brought about much-needed changes in the constitution.

He said that million of Pakhtuns had been facing identity crisis for more than
one century and the new name would give them more respect.

He said that he was confident that the province would be on its way to progress
and development when it would receive charge of its own resources agreed in the
constitutional package.

He also appreciated the federal government and other political forces for
showing extreme sense of democracy during the course of discussions and
meetings.

Provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that efforts by
Bacha Khan and Abdul Wali Khan had been materialised in the shape of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
and provincial autonomy.

“The Pakhtuns must celebrate this occasion,” he said.Senior Minister Bashir
Ahmed Bilour said that the consensus name for the province by all political
forces had showed that the demand was genuine.

He said that all the political forces needed to be appreciated for their
foresight and wisdom to carve out such an excellent piece of legislation.

Later, local singers Mah Jabeen Qazalbash, Gulzar Alam and others sang their
best numbers and received applaud from the audience.

NOWSHERA: The workers and leaders of Awami National Party observed thanksgiving
day on the call of party leadership in Nowhsera.

Several small rallies were taken out from different bazaars that merged into the
main rally, led by Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain.

The rallies passing through various bazaars reached Showbra Chowk where it
turned into a public meeting.

ANP activists were dancing to the tunes of the drums to celebrate the occasion.

CHARSADDA: The thanksgiving day was also observed in hometown of ANP chief
Asfandyar Wali Khan. A large number of party activists holding party flags,
banners and portraits of party leaders participated in the celebrations.

A rally led by Provincial Law Minister Arshad Abdullah was turned into a public
gathering at Committee Hall Othmanzai after passing through various bazaars.

The minister addressed the workers and paid homage to party leadership for
materialising the dreams of Pakhtuns. He said the Pakhtun got their identity.

MALAKAND: The activists of ANP and PSF held rally from Zafar Park to Bus Stand
to celebrate the new name of the province.

Holding banners and placards inscribed with pro-Pakhtunkhwa slogans, they passed
through main Batkhela bazaar and reached the bus stand. The participants were
dancing to the tune of music and chanting slogans.

Later, ANP district general secretary Mohammad Shoaib Khan addressed the party
workers. He paid tributes to all political forces for their support in changing
the name of province.

KARAK: The Karak chapter of ANP took out a rally to celebrate the renaming of
the province here on Saturday.

The jubilant participants of the rally were dancing to drumbeats and chanting
slogans like ‘long live Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.’

Daily Dawn