ANP supported the US sponsored plan

April 18, 2011 7:32 pm0 commentsViews: 2


The Awami National Party (ANP) has supported the US-sponsored set up for peace with Taliban and therefore the Pakistan-Afghanistan accord to require the dialogue method forward.

Talking to reporters when launching his party’s membership campaign at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House here on Sunday, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan said the employment of military suggests that was no a lot of an efficient means of resolving the political problems.

When asked to investigate Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s Saturday visit to Kabul, among Chief of Army workers Gen Ashfaq Parvaiz Kayani, the ANP chief said his party had perpetually supported dialogue with ‘saner elements’ among the Taliban for the sake of regional stability.

Mr Khan, who has been avoiding interaction with the media since he started living in Islamabad when escaping a shot on his life in Charsadda, criticised US drone attacks and killing of innocent tribesmen.

He said that just saying that the attacks were counter-productive wasn’t enough as a result of intrusion into Pakistani territory by the US-led allied forces was illegal and a violation of the law as a result of their UN mandate was restricted to the Afghan territory.

He said that terrorists were targeted in tribal areas and their presence within the settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wasn’t established.About the presidential reference with reference to the Z. A. Bhutto case, the ANP chief said: “Let this historical wrong be corrected once and for all.”

He said things in Karachi required to be brought underneath management by using all the resources at the command of the federal and Sindh governments.

He refused to investigate the sacking of Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza and termed it an interior matter of the PPP.

He said his party’s government had initiated a method of dialogue in Malakand and Swat when the so-called liberal civil society was opposing it.

He said the ANP believed that talks were the sole thanks to finish terrorism and resolve militancy-related problems as a result of sections of components among the extremists were difficult Pakistan’s sovereignty and writ of the state.

When asked regarding the movement the folks of Hazara division had launched for a separate province, he challenged the leaders of the movement to figure for achieving their goal through a legal battle just like the ANP had waged for years for renaming of the province and eventually winning it constitutionally.

He said his party had launched an formidable three-week countrywide membership campaign when that elections would be held
at primary, tehsil, district, provincial and central levels between July and October.

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