PESHAWAR: Qaumi Watan Party has welcomed the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and suggested that next target should be the merger of parts of Balochistan province with KP so that Pakhtuns could effectively raise voice for their rights.
Talking to party workers at QWP secretariat here on Friday, provincial chairman Sikandar Hayat Sherpao said that the Fata-KP merger was a good omen for Pakhtuns because it was a longstanding demand of the people.
He said that the Pakhtun-dominated areas of Balochistan should also be included in KP so that the people could raise voice for their rights in effective manner. He said that successive governments never bothered to pay proper attention to development of the Pakhtun-dominated areas.
He said that both KP and tribal districts were badly affected due to militancy and suggested that the province should be given financial support to overcome the basic problems being faced by the people. He said that education and health facilities should be provided on priority to remove unrest among the people.
Sikandar Sherpao said that his party would continue to demand just distribution of the national resources among the federating units. He claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had failed to deliver during its five-year tenure.
He said that the party’s parliamentary board would shortly announce names of the candidates for the general elections. He said that the office-bearers and workers should step up their efforts to ensure success of the party candidates.
Published in Dawn, June 3rd, 2018