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Saturday, January 2, 2010

No threat to democracy: Asfandyar

PESHAWAR, Jan 02 : The Chief of Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Wali has said there is no threat to democracy saying that Pakistan is busy in fighting war on for its survival.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Asfandyar Wali said that sitting Army Chief doesn’t seem to play any role in derailing present democratic system.

The ANP Chief said there is no justification for demanding resignations on mere allegations following the verdict on National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). “On what moral grounds the President should give resignation?” he questioned.

He said that that he respected Supreme Court’s ruling on NRO.

Asfandyar Wali said a committee has been set up in connection with renaming of NWFP and hoped that success will soon be achieved in having its name changed.

“If some people have objections to the name ‘Pukhtunistan’ then ‘Afghania’, the name suggested by Rehman Malik is also acceptable to us,” he said.

He said, “first we should stand together and fight off the terrorists then it will be a right time for sorting out each other’s differences. Let’s reclaim the land first then we will see what crop is to be sown.”

The political leadership should first of all identify the enemies who are behind incidents like Lakki Marwat, Parade Line and Karachi tragedy.

To a question he replied: “I feel immense pleasure when I listen to President Zardari’s speech because he always mentions the name of my province as ‘Punkhtunkhwa.”

He said no country make any progress without having its institutions. “If all the institutions know well about their powers then there will be no clash among them.”

He claimed that Swat peace accord was forcefully inked, saying that two suicide bombers were standing behind Mian Iftikhar and Afrasiab Khattak on that occasion.

The ANP chief said that NWFP government has been successful in maintaining writ of state in the province; however, the suicide attacks could not be checked.

Asfandyar Wali hoped that Chief of Army Staff Gen Kayani would not derail democracy in the country. He noted that progress is impossible sans strong institutions, adding that nothing would go wrong if the institutions work in their constitutional limits. He hailed the role played by NWFP government in reaching a unanimous NFC award. INP

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