Pakhtunkhwa’ a conspiracy to divide nation: PML-Nپختونخواہ قوم کو تقسیم کرنے کی سازش ہے۔پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن
Thursday, November 27, 2008, 11:20
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has termed the renaming of the NWFP as Pakhtunkhwa a conspiracy to create a separate state at the behest of the United States.
“The Awami National Party (ANP), in 1940 in Bannu, had already passed a resolution demanding a separate state. Now its government is trying to implement the plan,” PML-N President and Parliamentary Party Leader in the NWFP Assembly Pir Sabir Shah said after the party’s provincial executive committee meeting here on Wednesday.
Sabir Shah briefed newsmen on the details of the meeting he chaired and which was attended by the party’s central and provincial leaders, including former chief minister NWFP Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Saranjam Khan and others besides elected members.
The meeting discussed the political situation, the deteriorating law and order, US drone attacks and, what the PML-N leaders called, the killing of innocent citizens and decided to launch a mass contact movement by organising the first rally in Peshawar on November 28. Later, the party would hold protest meetings at Mardan, Kohistan, Chitral and others parts of the province to create awareness among the people.
Pir Sabir Shah said the maps of Greater Pakhtunistan and Greater Balochistan had already been published in a New York magazine and the ANP leadership was hatching a conspiracy to implement the plan of Greater Pakhtunistan, but his party would foil the nefarious designs of the anti-Pakistan forces.
Expressing concern over the PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari’s support to Pakhtunkhwa, Sabir said the ANP should not have raised such a controversial issue at such a sensitive time. Both the federal and provincial governments, he said, should have worked for the solution of major problems of the people instead of raising such controversial issues, which would divide the nation. He said the people of Hazara have now started demanding Hazara as a separate province and he himself had heard such demands in public meetings.
The PML-N president said the ANP’s chief minister was confined only to the Chief Minister House, while the entire province was in flames, adding that he had written a letter to the chief minister, asking him to concentrate on improving law and order.
He clarified his party’s position, saying that he was not supporting the government and his party was in the opposition in the provincial assembly.He said former chief minister Akram Khan Durrani was not a true opposition leader and he had never taken his party into confidence on any issue.
Sabir Shah said his party’s legislators had extended their support to him whenever the opposition leader invited them on any issue.Similarly, the galloping price-hike and lawlessness had made people’s life miserable but the rulers had nothing to offer to the people, Sabir Shah added.
The PML-N leader took a strong exception to the statement of President Asif Zardari wherein he said that with the election of Obama as the US president, the situation in Pakistan would become normal.
He said the people of Pakistan had not elected Obama as president and he would look after the interests of the Americans. He ridiculed President Zardari’s statement seeking information from the US forces before attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas and said it showed that Pakistani president wanted information to make burial arrangements for those killed in such attacks.
The PML-N leader termed the situation in Swat alarming and asked the government to stop the military operation in the valley.He said former president Pervez Musharraf should have been sent to jail, but the sitting rulers gave the former dictator protocol and safe exit.
Sabir Shah said MQM leaders were staging ‘dramas’ by making hue and cry over the reported Talibanisation in Karachi, adding that the MQM leaders were collecting weapons on this pretext.He rejected the Sindh government’s plan to register the people from Fata in Karachi. “We condemn and reject this move,” he added.