Published On: Sun, Jan 19th, 2014
Published in Category: Peshawar

Imran failed to honour pre-elections promises: Sherpao

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PESHAWAR: Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said on Saturday that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) couldn’t honour the pledges made to the people before the May 11 general election.

Speaking at a press conference at his residence, Watan Kor, in Hayatabad, he expressed deep concern over a report of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring Peshawar the world’s largest reservoir of poliovirus.

“Before the elections, the PTI leadership claimed that it would address the issues confronting the masses, but the performance of its government belies its claims,” he remarked.

On the occasion, Malik Asghar Khan, a social and political activist, from Mohmand Agency announced joining the QWP along with scores of friends and colleagues.

Malik Asghar, who was previously associated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), also announced the merger of the Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Mohmand Agency with the Aftab Sherpao-led party.

QWP provincial Chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao, General Secretary Bakht Baidar Khan, Hasham Babar, Asad Afridi and others were also present at the press conference.

Coming down hard on the provincial government for the deteriorating law and order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Aftab Sherpao said the PTI government had failed to tackle the security situation. He said that extortion, kidnapping for ransom and targeted killings had made life miserable for the masses.

He said that seven months had passed, but the PTI-led provincial government couldn’t initiate any uplift scheme in the province. He said the provincial government couldn’t form the standing committees, which showed that it was not serious to run the government in an efficient manner.

He urged the federal and provincial governments to take steps to send home the internally displaced persons (IDPs) hailing from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

He asked the government to unveil a comprehensive package to compensate the tribes people for the losses they have suffered. He demanded changes to the British-era Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).

The QWP leader said asked the government to hold the local government elections in Fata to empower the tribespersons. He said that tribesmen had the right to make a decision about their future.

Aftab Sherpao said that peace could be restored through talks. However, he said that holding talks with the Taliban was a complicated issue. He said PTI chief Imran Khan wanted to become the prime minister by using Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a launching pad.

He expressed sorrow over the loss of previous lives in the Tableeghi Markaz blast and extended condolence to the bereaved families. He expressed solidarity with the family of JUI-S leader Mufti Usman Yar, who was killed in Karachi.