Fanning centrifugal tendencies
Addressing a press conference after the meeting of his party’s provincial cabinet, ANP leader Aimal Wali rejected the introduction of uniform curriculum for primary classes in the next academic session, which is agreed by the governments of all federating units. Describing it a first step towards scrapping the 18th Amendment, Aimal Wali threatened that if it happened then Khyber Pukhtunkhwa will not remain part of the federation. One hopes that it will not be party line and if it is then it marks drastic departure from the federationist stance of Khan Abdul Wali Khan, who made great contribution towards the passage of original 1973 constitution.
Leaders of the ruling PTI have repeatedly dispelled the impression of undoing the amendment. However, they have shown the intention to hold talks with opposition to discuss certain flaws in it and revisit the jurisdiction of the amendment that pertains to education, healthcare and National Finance Commission. This is what PML-Q law makers, Barrister S.MZafar and Barrister Wasim Sajjad had suggested in the dissenting note on the draft of 18th Amendment. There seems no justification to make mountain out of mole.