ISLAMABAD – The President of Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Wali Khan has taken Pakistan Army on hard road and asked why the empty houses of Internally Displaces Persons (IDPs) in Khyber Agency were destroyed.
Wali Khan was addressing to the Grand Jirga in Islamabad on Saturday – a representative gathering of tribal and political heads of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Wali Khan, under whose party’s provincial government Military Operation in Swat was conducted in 2009-10, took Pakistan Army (without naming though) head on and asked “Are you only to give orders for evacuation of certain area? And after the evacuation you bomb to destroy the empty infrastructure. Were those building terrorists?”
He also maintained that IDPs coming from Khyber Agency amid Operation Khyber-1 were not entertained at any of the relief camps. “They are not given any place to live nor they are allowed in the established camps,” he said.
Lauded by an avalanche of emotions, Wali Khan told the audience of Grand Jirga that Pashtuns were being victimized.
Known for their liberal stance hailing from Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan aka Bacha Khan’s philosophy, ANP remained in the power from 2008-2013. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)’s government of ANP could not get appreciation of critiques due to alleged corruption scams by their office holders.
It is also pertinent to mention here that it was ANP’s provincial government who signed a peace accord with Mullah Fazlullah (present head of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan aka TTP) in Swat Valley. However, that peace accord could not stand long and Pakistan Army launched a full scale offensive against the militants finally ousting them from whole Malakand Division.
PakistanTribe‘s correspondent received no reply from the representative of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) when approached for the comment on Wali Khan’s statement. However, the top brass of Pakistan Army had repeatedly vowed to speed up the process of rehabilitation of IDPs in North Waziristan and other tribal agencies of FATA. Army Chief General Raheel Sharif had maintained more than once “We want the people of FATA to get settle in their native areas as soon as possible.”