PESHAWAR: Euphoric nationalists Thursday came out on roads of the city to
express their jubilation over the unanimous passage of the 18th Amendment bill
by Senate, renaming the NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa.
Soon after the Senate approved the bill, the ANP workers and students of
Pakhtun Students Federation gathered at Bacha Khan Markaz, the party’s central
secretariat, and started dancing to drum beat. They raised slogans in favour of
Provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Minister for Sports
Syed Aqil Shah, Minister for Schools and Literacy Sardar Hussain Babak, women
members of provincial assembly and a large number of party activists and
provincial office bearers of the party were present on the occasion.
“Alwidaa, Alwidaa, NWFP Alwidaa! (Farewell to NWFP!),” was a slogan that echoed
in the party secretariat. The activists wearing red caps yelled: “Pakhtoonkhwa
Zindabaad! (Long live Pakhtoonkhwa!).”
Activists of various political parties and civil society also took out a rally
in favour of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa. The rally started from the Peshawar Press Club
and culminated at Stadium Chowk, Saddar.
The participants were chanting slogans in favour of nationalist leaders. They
also danced to the beats of drums. In main Saddar market, the common people also
joined the rally and expressed their joy over renaming of the province.
Activists of the National Party, ANP, Pakhtoon Democratic Council,
KhyberWatch and Azad Pakhtoon Students Federation participated in the rally.
Speaking on the occasion, Idress Kamal, Convinor of the Amn Tehrik, said it
was the right of Pakhtoons, which the nation achieved after the lapse of 63
years of partition. He said Pakhtoons rendered numerous sacrifices for the cause
and at last they got not only their identity but also succeeded in getting the
provincial autonomy. Zahid Buneri of the KhyberWatch Network said it was the
dream of Pakhtuns to have their identity and finally they achieved it. He
congratulated all Pakhtuns for achieving their identity.
Arbab Tahir, provincial spokesman of the party said that the party had planned
not to celebrate the renaming of the province with the zeal as the party has
recently lost more than 50 workers in a blast in Timergara and some happenings
in Abbottabad. Referring to the sporadic celebrations across the province, Arbab
Tahir said it was an impulsive reaction to the renaming of the province.