The chief of Awami National Party, Asfandyar Wali Khan, has said the Yemen war has little to do with Pakistan and it is not in the country’s interest to engage in the fight.
While addressing a party gathering in Utmanzai, Charsadda on Friday, Asfandyar said the Pakistani government should play the mediator in the conflict instead. Sending troops to Yemen will have disastrous consequences for Balochistan, he said.
The ANP supremo said the interests of Pukhtuns should be prioritised in the Gwadar-Kashgar trade corridor project, adding Pukhtun lands are blessed with innumerable mineral resources and the route will help develop the entire region.
PTI is claiming to devolve powers to grass-roots level, but on the other hand the chief minister has been given “kingly powers” wherein the local government system would be subservient to his office, said Asfandyar.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2015.
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