party meeting at Gothenburg

Central President of the Awami National Party and Chairman Standing Committee
on Foreign Affairs Asfandyar Wali Khan has said Pakistan and Afghanistan should
jointly combat terrorism as peace and normalcy in both the neighbouring
countries are co-related.

Party chief was addressing party workers and Pakhtuns community living in
Sweden. Pakhtunkhwa’s Minister for Schools and Literacy Sardar Hussain Babek,
Khan Gul Jadoon and ANP organizer in Europe Johar Afridi also addressed the

Asfandyar Wali Khan said the Pakhtuns were fighting a war for their survival as
an alien war had been imposed on their soil wherein the ultimate victims were
the local people and tribesmen, living on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border.

“We have to face the current situation with strong will and determination to
save our soil from the foreign insurgents,” he added. He said the schools,
colleges, hospitals, seminaries and even mosques were being bombed and destroyed
by those who could not see the Pakhtun children getting modern education.

“Our innocent children and youth were brain-washed and being used as suicide
bombers against their own people,” he said, adding that as a nation, we have to
collectively fight the battle against terrorism and its propagators.

Asfandyar Wali Khan said there would be no peace and stability in the region
unless Pakistan and Afghanistan joined hands against terrorism. He said the ANP-led
government in the Pakhtunkhwa province still preferred negotiations to the use
of force, however, the militants should first lay down arms while agreeing for
agreement with government.