PESHAWAR - Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) provincial Chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao on Sunday said that the provincial government had failed to full the promises made with the people in the 2008 general elections.

“The people had attached high expectations to the government and hoped it would give them some respite in the face of burgeoning inflation in the country,” he said this while addressing a public gathering in Achini village located on the outskirts of the provincial capital.

The QWP leader said that the Pakhtuns had got exposed to a host of problems due to the ill-conceived policies of the rulers. “The people have lost faith in the rulers and they will vote them out in the coming elections,” he claimed.

He said that the government had done nothing to provide relief to the downtrodden segments of the society, adding the rulers were serving their own vested interests. “Lawlessness, inflation and joblessness have made life miserable for the common people and they are being driven to commit suicides,” he remarked.

Sikandar Sherpao said that the sense of deprivation had increased among the people as the government had abandoned them in the lurch. “The government couldn’t evolve a mechanism over the past five years to address the problems of the people, who now feel cheated,” he maintained.

He said that the displaced people were living under squalid conditions at the IDP camps, but the government was least bothered to address the issues they were grappling with.  

He also said that the government should ensure timely polls as it was the only way to steer the country out of the prevailing crises. He said would spare no effort to safeguard the rights of the Pakhtuns who are faced with many challenges.

The QWP leader said that efforts were being made to forge unity among the Pakhtuns and unite them at a single platform. He said that his party was emerging as the true representative of the Pakhtun nation and would achieve victory in the next election on the strength of the masses.