PESHAWAR – Criticising the Lahore High Court verdict regarding construction of Kalabagh Dam, Awami National Party Chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan has said that ANP would not accept even the decision of apex court to allow the construction of Kalabagh Dam.

“The court should not become a party in such a controversial matter, which endangers the true spirit and principles of the federation,” he remarked while addressing a public gathering here at Nishtar Hall Peshawar. Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, provincial Information Minister Mian Ifitkhar Hussain, provincial General Secretary Arbab Tahir Khalil, central leader of ANP Tajuddine Khan and thousands of party workers were present on the occasion.

“We consider Punjab a major unit of federation and we respect its leadership like our elder brothers but the Punjab government as well as its leadership should also respect the interests of other provinces in federation,” Asfandyar argued. He added that several times this issue had been rejected by the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, but despite this certain elements were raising this issue to balkanise the country.

He asked the Supreme Court to take Suo moto notice on this sensitive matter to burry this controversial project once for all. He said that court should not become a part of any federating units but they should decide every decision while keeping in view the interest of the state.

He mentioned that this is not the matter of any single province as other two province of Sindh and Balochistan are also against this discordant project. He said that they are well aware of any conspiracy to be hatched against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and they are ready to avert such bids, which endanger the interest of this province. Regarding alliance with any other political parties, Asfandyar Wali Khan said that they are ready for solo-flight in the upcoming election and they don’t need any support of any political party. He claimed that Awami National Party would win the upcoming election on the basis of performance and by mercy of God almighty record developmental works has been done in this five-year term of ANP government.

Addressing on the occasion Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti said that Kala Bagh Dam is a dead horse and they will not allow any one to do politics on this issue. He said that through a well-hatched conspiracy, this issue has been created to divide the nation.