People can witness a visible
change. We have dismantled militants’ training camps, closed down illegal FM
stations, doubled the strength of the police force and equipped it with
modern weapons. ANP Pakhtunkhwa registered 2.3 million members comparing to one million of the last reorganisation.

PESHAWAR:  Appreciating the extension of Political Parties Act to Federally
Administered Tribal Areas, the Awami National Party  has demanded more
amendments to Frontier Crimes Regulation.

"We appreciate the extension of Political Parties Act to Fata. However, we
demand more amendments in FCR as in its present shape the political agents have
to play the roles of judges, district police officers, jail superintendents and
complainant as well which is not possible for a single officer," said ANP
provincial president Senator Afrasiab Khattak.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he said that ANP would win next
general elections as it gained popularity during its more than three years
government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that membership of the party had
increased from one million to 2.3 million during the last over three years.

He said that ANP achieved its objectives as it succeeded in renaming the
province as a result of 18th Amendment and defeating militants. More than 500
ANP workers rendered sacrifices of their lives, he said.

Criticising the previous provincial government of Mutahidda Majlis-i-Amal, Mr
Khattak alleged that it had given a free hand to militants, who had established
their courts and training camps.

"It is our credit that we took firm stand against terrorism, smashed all the
training camps, closed down 30 illegal FM radio stations in the province and
abolished all Taliban courts working in different parts of the region," he

He said that provincial government increased annual development budget to 180
per cent, initiated Bacha Khan Khpal Rozgar scheme, began granting scholarships
to students and enhanced number of police personnel in the province.

The ANP leader said that their popularly could be judged from the results of
by-elections held in different areas of the province.

"We have almost completed the intra-party elections at ward, village, union
council and district levels while provincial and central level elections will be
held on Nov 23 and 30 respectively," he said.

Mr Khattak said convention of ANP workers from Fata would be held in December.
"It proves that ANP is the only party, which truly believes in democracy and
freedom of expression," he said.

To a query about alliance with Pakistan People`s Party, he said that his party
had cordial relations with PPP but he could not say anything about electoral
alliance with it.

Mr Khattak admitted that people of the province were facing the worst kind of
unemployment and price hike. He said that most of the countries were facing
those issues, however, ANP government was trying its level best to resolve the

About infiltration of militants from Afghanistan, he said that Pak-Afghan peace
jirga was the best solution to resolve the issue. "Both Pakistan and Afghanistan
should ensure that they will not let terrorists use their soil in future," he

Mr Khattak said that there was no specific charge of corruption against any of
ANP ministers otherwise party would have taken action so far.