PESHAWAR - Awami National Party (ANP) Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan on Sunday said that instability in Afghanistan is not in favour of Pakistan, so both countries should take steps for bringing stability.

Addressing a convention of National Youth Organization (NUO) at Bacha Khan Markaz, he said that instability in Afghanistan has a direct impact on Pakistan. Destabilised Afghanistan would also affect Pakistan, thus Pak-Afghan peace is interdependent.

Both the countries are faced with the menace of terrorism, therefore joint ventures to end militancy is needed of the hour, he added.

Asfandyar alarmed that if measures for establishing peace were not taken by both countries in collaboration; menace of militancy would engulf the whole region.

He said that Islamabad and Kabul should follow the policy of non-interference in internal matters and join hands for eliminating terrorism from the region, as terrorists are the enemies of both the countries.

After the death of Mullah Omar, bilateral ties between the two counties have hampered for short span of time and now there was need for developing it again, he urged.

Expressing his views on the future of FATA, he said that ANP does not believe in division among Pakhtuns.

If people of FATA want reunion with their brother of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, his party will fully support it.

He added that ANP would back FATA Parliamentarians’ move to merge FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. And in this regard ANP would join the demonstration of FATA Parliamentarians on 16th November in D-Chowk, Islamabad.

Internally Displaced Persons and the earthquake-hit people of FATA are at the mercy of cold weather. They are yearning for food and other facilities of life, he said. While, governments are mocking woes of the helpless people by announcing a meagre package for them, he alleged.

He also criticized Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government for threatening the doctors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and offered full support to the doctors.