Sherpao against role of judiciary, military in caretaker setup

Government is left with no other option but to announce general elections to steer the country out of crises: Sherpao

Hassan Ali December 27, 2012


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.



Mujtaba | 8 years ago | Reply

So called non-political people particularly Army & Judiciary has been ruling this country for most of this history and they have only created long lasting problems. Both organizations should do their duty which they are failing miserably. While politicians at least give privileged sections some aid from Bashir Bilour to ordinary Bashira on the street cannot dream of security and from Salman Taseer to an ordinary street man cannot get justice.

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