PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour has said that Awami National Party (ANP) was committed to fight against terrorism and extremism in the province at any cost.

He called for devising a joint strategy to bring peace and stability in the country, and urged the relevant stakeholders to come forward and play their due role for attainment of peace objectives in the region. “Peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan is in favour of Pakistan and dream of durable peace in the region is connected with peace in the war-stricken Afghanistan and FATA, the ANP minister said while speaking at “Guest Hour Programem” here at the Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday.

He said that terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has now become like a cancer in a human body, and now it is time to ‘treat’ it and ultimately save the masses. “We will not comprise on the future of our coming generations, as the ANP government has a clear stance about Taliban and militants, he said.

Bilour also claimed that peace was restored in the militancy-plunged Swat valley and Bajaur Agency after military action was launched on the refusal of Taliban to accept the writ of the government.

He said that the brutal attack on Malala Yousafzai should not be linked with drone attacks, as the war on terror was necessary for the government to get rid of militancy in the country. The optimist minister also claimed that security situations in most parts of the province were improved.

Regarding PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s rally to Waziristan Agency, he said, “I cannot hold a public gathering here in Qissa Khawani Bazar due to poor law and order situation, but surprisingly how he (Imran) led a caravan to district Tank.”

The minister asked the SAARC countries, neighbouring China and Iran to join hands with Pakistan to eliminate the menace of extremism from the region, as sustainable peace could only be restored in the region, when there is a durable peace in Afghanistan.

While highlighting the four-and-a-half years performance of the ANP-led provincial government, Bilour said that despite the poor law and order situation and devastating floods in the province the government had succeeded in completing various developmental schemes in the province.

He claimed that 14 new universities and 75 colleges have been established by the incumbent ANP government, during the last four years.

A master plan for “Municipal Services Deliveries Programme” has been initiated in the provincial capital with the cost of 84 million dollars, he claimed adding latest machineries for tube wells in all union councils would be installed, drains to be cleaned and sewerage system would be improved under this programme.

In reply to a query, he said that ANP was ready to make alliance with PPP in next general elections.