PESHAWAR - Awami National Party on Monday strongly opposed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s demand for early elections and termed it harmful for the democratic system in the country.

The ANP Information Secretary Senator Zahid Khan while speaking at a “Meet the Press” event at the Peshawar Press Club said that National Assembly and the Provincial Assemblies should complete their terms.

He said that mainstream political parties had opposed the demand and even the PTI’s coalition partner in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government, Jamaat-i-Islami, was also not supporting it. He said that the ANP would oppose any undemocratic move, adding, that situation in the coming general elections would be different as compared to the last general elections held in 2013.

He also warned that if the 2018 general elections were held on the pattern of the 2013 general election, it would neither be in betterment of the Federation nor the country.

The ANP leader while expressing concern over census results in Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) said that ironically the population of Fata instead of increasing reduced in the fresh counting, adding, that it would ultimately deprive the people of Tribal Areas from their rightful share in National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.

Khan further said that Fata merger into KP was eminent to end the sufferings of the tribal people, which, he said, would also ensure their fundamental rights. He did not mention the names of Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, but said that leaders of only two parties were against the merger, which he termed totally unjust with people of the tribal region.

The ANP Senator also regretted that KP and Fata were ignored in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative.

Commenting on the US new policy about the region, he asked the government to revisit its foreign policy.

He said that KP and Fata had been adversely affected in the war on terror. He also criticised the Federal and provincial governments for not taking measures for economic and social development of the province.

He said that PTI Chairman was criticising the protocol of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but KP CM Pervez Khattak was using helicopter for attending wedding functions.

He maintained that PTI Ministers and MPAs had accused Khattak of corruption, but the KP Ehtesab Commission failed to take notice of it.

The ANP leader criticised the PTI-led KP government for failing to deliver and alleged that corruption was at peak in the province.

The KP government, he said, is deviating from its pre-poll promises and had miserably failed to come up with expectations of masses in the province.

He said that Imran Khan was against the metro bus projects in Punjab, but the KP government had launched similar project in Peshawar.