PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan has said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has forgotten all his promises made with the people of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for the merger with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
“Nawaz Sharif is a liar. I have never seen such a person in my whole life. He has forgotten all those promises he made with the people of Fata,” said Asfandyar while addressing a party worker’s convention in PK-17, Charsadda on Friday.
The ANP president said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was still using delaying tactics in freeing the people of Fata from the clutches of the colonial-era laws.
“At the behest of only two persons – Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Mehmood Khan Achakzai – the PML-N government is delaying giving the people of Fata their basic rights,” he said.
Asfandyar said Fata and K-P had been ignored in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) despite tall claims, adding, “Sharif promised me that only the people of Fata will have right over their resources but like his other promises, it has also been ignored.”
About the revival of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), he said, “The two main parties of the alliance – the Jamaat-e-Islam and the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl – are at loggerheads over Fata reforms, but they are trying to show the public that they are on the same page.”
Criticising both the parties, the ANP president said that they had benefited for five years at the Centre and in K-P, but when they realised that the ruling parties [PML-N and PTI] had no future, “they are again using the name of Islam to deceive the public”.
He said that his party would contest the general elections 2018 alone and ruled out any alliance with other political parties.
Even though Asfandyar appreciated his party’s alliance with the PPP during the previous government for ‘phenomenal’ developmental work in the province, he made it clear that the ANP would contest the elections alone.
About Pak-Afghan relations, Asfandyar said, “China should play an active role in bringing both countries closer to each other.”
On President Donald Trump’s new policy for Asia, Asfandyar said, “There will be bloodshed in Afghanistan.”
Once again Asfandyar rejected Trump’s decision of making Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
“We have a spiritual affiliation with the people of Palestine as the wife of Bacha Khan is also buried there. This is also a reason that the ANP will never accept Trump’s announcement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said.
He accused PTI chief Imran Khan of introducing political indecency in the country. “For him [Imran] everyone is a thief in Pakistan and he is the only angel in the politics. He has even closed the K-P Ehtisaab Commission,” said the ANP leader. “Even Imran’s own ministers are accusing the K-P government of corruption.”