‘Take nation into confidence on talks’


PESHAWAR: Former interior minister and Qaumi Watan Party chairman Aftab Khan Sherpao Saturday demanded the federal government take nation into confidence on the ongoing peace process with Taliban, according to a press statement issued here by the QWP central secretariat in Peshawar.
“There is uncertainty … so the government must act to remove the ambiguity,” he told a public meeting in Matta in Swat district, where former candidate for NA-30 Tal Hayat Khan and PTI local activists Anwar Ahmad, Mohammad Azeem, Mumtaz Alam, Imran and Aftab Alam announced joining the QWP along with their supporters.
Sherpao said the elders of the Pakhtuns should have been included in the negotiation process.
Aftab Sherpao said the land of the Pakhtuns had been witnessing bloodshed for the last one decade which affected the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in general and the inhabitants of the Malakand division in particular. He urged the federal government to unveil a comprehensive financial package to rebuild the damaged infrastructure in Malakand.
Coming down hard on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led provincial government, he said the rulers had failed to establish good governance in the province. “The ministers have been unable to bring about any significant improvement in the workings of their departments,” he remarked.
About a letter written by the former chief secretary to the chief minister, Aftab Sherpao said the memo spoke volumes about the poor performance of the provincial government compelling the bureaucrat to speak his mind.
The QWP leader said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was ‘powerless’ and unelected people were pulling the strings. 
“The interference of the unelected persons in the affairs of the KP government is an open secret,” he added.
Sherpao said the provincial government was paying attention to the uplift of a specific district at the expense of ignoring the rest of the province. About the closure of some feeders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said the provincial government was responsible for the whole episode as it acted like a spectator.

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