QUETTA: Senior Awami National Party leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain says the cause behind terrorism in the country, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, is the influence of some foreign powers in the region.
Speaking at a press conference here on Monday, Mr Hussain criticised the federal and KP governments and said they had failed in making effective plans to combat terrorism.
He said since the formation of governments at the centre and in the province leaders of both PML-N and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had only been issuing media statements and had done nothing to curb terrorism. Talking about the federal government’s plan to hold dialogue with militants, he said the government neither had a team to hold dialogue with the militants nor a policy to establish peace in the country.
Mr Hussain severely criticised PTI chairman Imran Khan and said the KP government had failed in fulfilling the promises Mr Khan had made before the May 11 general election.
He said Mr Khan had announced in his election rallies that after coming into power the PTI government would stop drone attacks and also the supplies to Nato troops in Afghanistan. “Now Imran Khan says stopping drone attacks and Nato supplies is the responsibility of the federal government,” he added.
Why didn’t the PTI government resign when it failed in stopping the attack on the Dera Ismail Khan jail?
The ANP leader welcomed statements of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which they resolved to hold peace dialogue and promote mutual trust.
He said the mutual trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan would help in establishing peace and weakening militancy in the region. He, however, said Islamabad was not taking practical steps to curb terrorism.
Mr Hussain condemned incidents of violence in Balochistan and called for the announcement of special compensation packages for the families of the security personnel, especially policemen, who had lost their lives in these incidents. Talking about the reasons for the ANP’s defeat in the general election, he said his party had not been provided a level playing field. He said because of threats to the lives of ANP leaders they were not able to hold election rallies.
He said the ANP respected the PTI’s mandate in the KP, but it could become part of any in-house change in the province. Mr Hussain said the ANP’s electoral alliance with the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl was for democracy and it could continue in future.
Mr Iftikhar demanded execution of Dera Ismail Khan-Zhob power transmission line project, generation of electricity from coal reserves of Balochistan and continuation of subsidy on electricity for Balochistan’s farmers.