PESHAWAR - Coming down hard upon Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Awami National Party, the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao Thursday alleged that the two parties were using the name of Taliban while playing their politics.     

He was speaking at press conference at his residents, where tribal elders from South Waziristan, Orakzai agencies and Dera Ismail Khan joined QWP and expressed confidence in the leadership of Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao.

“The so-called champions of Pakhtuns rights along with PPP and MQM want space and are using Taliban’s name. Let me make it clear that Pakhtuns will be the worst sufferers of operation in Karachi or anywhere in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas,” he said. He said the law and order problem was created politically and should be resolved on political terms. He also asked the government to work out a proper strategy for the region keeping in view the withdrawal of Nato forces in 2014.

“The government has no focus on the issue of militancy and it has no strategy for the post-2014 scenario in the region,” he said. He expressed a fear the post-withdrawal scenario would be devastating for Pakhtuns if the government failed to work out a plan. He lamented that the government had ignored the tribal people because neither the president nor the prime minister visited the tribal areas for the last four-and-a-half years.

Aftab Sherpao said the incumbent government deliberately gave up pursuing the peace policies initiated by him when he was interior minister. “The grand Pak-Afghan jirga had positive impacts on the region that led to the minimization of anti-Pakistan sentiments in Afghanistan. That jirga was proving fruitful for bringing back peace to the region but unfortunately this government did not implemented the decisions taken in the jirga,” he said.

Talking about the situation in tribal areas, he said the government’s flawed policies and military operations resulted in the displacement of 0.8 million people. “Military operations are no solution to the problems. The government must take all the political parties and tribal elders on board before taking any decision regarding the tribal areas,” he said. He maintained that tribal people happened to be the worst sufferers in this conflict in terms of losses of lives, properties. They had lost their businesses besides schools and health centers were blown under a conspiracy to push them in darkness of illiteracy and at last they were forced to leave their homes. “We ask the international community to acknowledge the sacrifices of the tribal people in the US-led war on terror and must work for their rehabilitation and development,” he said and added that the government should also highlight their sacrifices on international forums and work for their honourable repatriation.

The QWP leader said the government also failed to implement the reforms announced by it, increasing the sense of deprivation and alienation among the tribal people. He asked the QWP would convene a convention of the tribal people and would take steps for restoration of peace, their rehabilitation and development.

“We never left the tribal people alone, raised voices for their rights and highlighted their plights,” he said, adding that no stone would be left unturned in solution of their problems.

 He said QWP would truly represent the Pakhtuns and take the tribal people onboard on every issue.