The Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) has opposed any possible role of the judiciary and armed forces in the formation of the caretaker setup, warning that any bid to postpone the upcoming general elections may cause anarchy in the country.
“We will not accept, by any means, the role of armed forces and judiciary in politics,” QWP central leader Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao told a press conference on Wednesday, while referring to Tahirul Qadri’s statements.
He said, the government was left with no other option but to announce general elections to steer the country out of crises, adding that any ‘adventure’ that could lead to the postponement of general elections would plunge the country into chaos.
Regarding the recent spike in the militants activities in the province, Sherpao urged the chief election commissioner to devise such strategies which could help people to participate in general elections.
Commenting on the Awami National Party (ANP) chief’s statement regarding forming a national strategy against terrorism, he asked, “If ANP has any plan to resolve the issue of militancy, they should share it with other political parties.”
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government should now focus on election campaign instead of urging for military operations.
“The time of military operation has passed. It should be left for the upcoming elected government to form strategies regarding how to end the menace of terrorism,” Sherpao said.
The QWP chief said that ANP having been in power for four and a half years is now asking the political parties to come forward and find solution to the militancy. Condemning the assassination of ANP’s Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Billour, he said, “ANP leadership must consider the pros and cons of their decision in order to prevent any move in haste.”
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2012.
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