ISLAMABAD - Awami National Party's (ANP) Senators on Thursday submitted an adjournment motion in Senate Secretariat seeking details from and action by the government in the wake of suspension of flights to Peshawar airport after a passenger plane was fired upon Tuesday killing a female passenger and two crew members.
The ANP legislators said residents of KP were faced with difficulties due to cancellation of domestic and international flights from Bacha Khan Airport saying the firing incident on PIA plane had caused damage to Pakistan's image abroad.
The motion has been signed by ANP Senators including Haji Mohammad Adeel, Afrasiab Khattak, Zahid Khan and Shahi Syed.
Later, talking to media, Senator Zahid lambasted the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) in KP for failing to keep law and order and slammed Imran Khan, the party's chief, for not even sparing time to talk about the firing incident on passenger plane and cancellation of flights to Peshawar airport.
"It is now a reality that Imran Khan has abandoned the people of KP after befooling them in election. He is eying Punjab and is least bothered about the province he has conquered already," the ANP lawmaker said.
He demanded resignation of Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak and Information Minister Shah Farman for misleading people about the tragic incident and concealed actual facts. "We are sure that PTI can't govern the province," he added.
Zahid Khan added that PTI was mulling to quit KP government because the inexperienced provincial cabinet was not capable to run affairs in the volatile province. "It is not the issue of rigging in four constituencies that ails Imran Khan but because PTI is unable to run KP government," he observed.
He said the assault on passenger plane has further earned bad name for Pashtun population on international level while the policies of Imran Khan were alienating KP people from the rest of the country particularly Punjab.
"We demand thorough probe into the incident that happened at Peshawar airport. Thousands of KP people working in Middle East and other countries were in great trouble after flights were suspended to Peshawar airport. This is very much important issue that needs to be discussed and resolved," he determined.