ANP asks govt to settle unrest thru peaceful talks

Khattak demands right of legislation, judicial system for FATA

ISLAMABAD – Awami National Party leader Afrasaib Khattak has said that his party would continue to support democratic and constitutional system, saying it believed that the government would settle the present unrest through peaceful talks.

After attending the high-level national security conference at the PM House, he said that the government should settle all problems in an amicable way and avoid pursuing confrontational path. He also said that people of FATA should be given political rights and efforts should be made for their comprehensive rehabilitation.

During the conference, the ANP leader said the constitutional status of the tribal regions should also be determined. Moreover, FATA should be given right of legislation and judicial system, he said. He expressed displeasure over the lack of coordination between the centre and Pakhtunkhwa government about displaced people.

The ANP representative also called for initiating dialogue between Pakistan and Afghanistan so that the unrest existing at both sides of the border could be removed and atmosphere of confidence was restored. He said that terrorism in the region could not be controlled without cooperation between the two neighbours.

He also said that focus should be made on improving geo economic relations instead of geo-strategic with Afghanistan. The ANP leader also drew attention of the conference towards the changing scenario in the region and said that US forces were withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2014. The China's concern about terrorism has increased as China has recently appointed its representative for Afghanistan as they have great interest in peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

Khattak said that Iran was trying to improve its relations with the West by ending its political isolation. The new government in India would certainly improve its relations with the West also, he said, adding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was opening up all his avenues for Western capital and all these development would be its impact on the region. Therefore, Pakistan would have to revisit its policies, he said.

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