Asfandyar demands early merger of FATA into KP

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan on Thursday asked the government to ensure early merger of federally administered tribal areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He said the government should also amend the constitution and fix number of Fata minister in provincial cabinet.

He was addressing a party gathering organized by the ANP Lower Dir at the Timergara rest house ground on the eve of 8thanniversary of a suicide attack on a celebration gathering. As many as 56 ANP workers were killed while 102 more were injured in that bomb blast. The ANP workers were celebrating the re-naming of the province as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The participants of the Thursday gathering offered ‘fateha’ for the departed souls and prayed for their eternal peace.

Former KP chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, central spokesman Zahid Khan, district president Hussain Shah Yousafzai, Muhammad Ayub Khan and others also spoke on the occasion.

The ANP chief came hard on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and said the Captain had kept silence on corruption of his party MPAs. He said the ‘Captain’ had admitted selling of his lawmakers but he failed badly to name those MPAs. He alleged the PTI MPAs received money from party nominated candidates for senate but later sold their votes to billionaires. “A crisis like situation is being created in the country,” Asfandyar said, adding that some vested leaders had nothing with issues of the nation.

The ANP chief also criticized the PML-N government and said it had totally ignored the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Presenting himself for public accountability he claimed none of the ANP lawmakers was involved in corruption. “Hang me here if someone proved a single penny corruption against me,” Asfandyar challenged the opponents.

He said there had been efforts under the carpet for abolishing the 18th constitutional amendment but the ANP would put strong resistance against it. Earlier the ANP provincial president Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti asked Pukhtun to support his party in the next general election.