PESHAWAR - Vowing not to allow anybody to derail democracy, Quami Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao on Sunday said the federal government mishandled the affairs of the state, which has created a sense of deprivation among the people of smaller provinces.

"The federal government has turned a blind eye to the problems being faced by the residents of the smaller federating units," he told a press conference here at the central secretariat of the party.

He said the threat to the federation was more serious than democracy so the federal government should address the issues being confronted by the smaller provinces.

Sherpao said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was indulging in non-issues as he didn't have the vision to find out solutions to the problems being faced by the Pakhtuns. He said his party would soon convene a conference of Pakhtun leaders to seek solutions to the problems. "We will gather all the stakeholders on a single platform to discuss the challenges being confronted by the Pakhtuns," he added.

Opposing the dissolution of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the QWP leader said the PTI-led provincial government had failed to provide any relief to the masses for the last one year. He said the PTI rulers couldn't improve the working of a single department and they were now looking for excuses to quit power.

He alleged that the PTI used state machinery for the so-called Azadi March and each minister was given Rs15 million to mobilise people for the long march. He said the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and his cabinet members misused their authority and wasted public funds.

Sherpao said the chief minister was dancing in Islamabad while the rainstorm killed around 15 people and injured over 60 in the provincial capital apart from damaging public property. "The chief minister should have been in the provincial capital to monitor the efforts being made to provide relief to the internally displaced persons from North Waziristan," he added.

He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had a lot of natural resources but there was a dire need to tap them for the benefit of people.