PESHAWAR

The Awami National Party Students Wing has expressed deep concerns over poor security for their party leadership. They demanded the government and Election Commission of Pakistan to take prompt steps for provision of adequate security to the ANP leadership and workers.

Speaking at a news conference here at press club on Saturday, Pakhtun Students' Federation (PSF) Central President Bashir Sherpao said that it was duty of the caretaker government to provide proper security to political parties leaders especially to ANP in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that despite threats to ANP leaders from militants, security was removed from their leadership. "We strongly condemn the suicide attacks and target killing of party leaders and workers," he deplore, adding the growing attacks were due to poor security arrangements of the government and law enforcement agencies.

Flanked by PSF Provincial President Taj Muhammad Wazir, General Secretary Riaz Marwat, and Sangeen Shah, he said that it was ANP to come on forefront in the ongoing war against terrorism and rendered numerous sacrifices for the sake of peace in the province.

 "We will not deter by such cowardly attacks and will continue struggle for restoration of lasting peace on Pakhtuns' soil," Bashir vowed.

The PSF leader also said that student activists would play a role to disseminate party message door-to-door and will hold corner meetings at all cost. He urged the party workers to foil these attempts by pursuing the 'no violence' philosophy of ANP founder Bacha Khan. 

Bashir stressed for equal level playing field for candidates of all political parties and demanded the incumbent government and Election Commission of Pakistan to take serious notice of the growing attacks on ANP leaders and to ensure adequate security to them in the hostile situation.