PESHAWAR - Awami National Party parliamentary leader, Sardar Hussain Babak, has targeted the PTI-led coalition government for allegedly not taking serious steps to combat terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, due to which many precious lives have lost in the Peshawar carnage.

While addressing a news conference at Peshawar Press Club Thursday, ANP leaders condemned the massacre at Army Public School. They said that terrorists have started doing cowardice acts and targeting innocent civilians including school children.

Referring to the technical committee formed by provincial government after the terrorist attack on Army Public School, Babak said that instead of technical committee the government should constitute an inquiry committee into the incident to expose perpetrators of the heinous attack, and make serious efforts to avoid such terrorist acts in future.

The incumbent government and all political parties were united against terrorism after the gruesome episode in Peshawar and are on the same page, he said.

"We have lost many precious lives in the ongoing war against terrorism, while the terrorists did not even spare our mosques, hujras, schools, and other peaceful places," the ANP leader said.

He also said targeting innocent schoolchildren is an inhumane and condemnable act.

About the requisition in provincial assembly session following the Peshawar tragedy, Babak said the government should call the assembly session.

He asked the provincial government to take serious steps to deal with the growing security issues, as people can't afford losses.

In reply to a question regarding the establishment of military courts, Babak said that ANP supports the decision, but consultation at party level would also be made.

Commenting on regional security issue, he welcomed Islamabad and Kabul commitment to make joint efforts for the elimination of terrorism, which he said, would be helpful to restore sustainable and durable peace in the region.



In order to pay tributes to the martyrs of Army Public school Peshawar, National Youth Organization (NYO) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday held a rally and demanded of the government and police chief to expose the elements involved in this heinous act of barbarism.

The rally was led by General Secretary of Awami National Party, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, President of National Youth Organization Sangeen Khan, General Secretary of NYO Hassan Khan Buneri and others. The rally was taken out from Peshawar Press club and culminated at Saddar Bazar. The participants while holding banners and placards besides pictures of the martyred students, chanted slogans against terrorist and Taliban insurgents.

Addressing on the occasion, Mian Iftikhar said that time has come for the nation to raise against this evil force, who has targeted innocent children without any justification. He said that both Afghanistan and Pakistan should join hands and share intelligence information to round up the criminals of humanity.

He lauded the establishment of military courts to punish those terrorist involved in heinous acts of terrorism. He said that ANP supports these military courts as there are burden on civil courts to hear all the cases related to militancy.

He asked the government to ensure security of all the schools and universities and provide extra security to all educational complexes of the provinces. He also demanded immediate trauma facilities to the families of the victims.

Addressing on the occasion, General Secretary of National Youth Organization Hassan Khan Buneri said that the government must probe the school attack.

He said that it is time to take serious steps for the elimination of terrorism as it has badly affected the country.

On this occasion, President of NYO Sangeen Khan also strongly condemned the Peshawar attack and paid tributes to the martyred children.

ANP Culture Secretary Sana Ijaz, Vice President Woman Wing Palwasha Basheer Matta, and Additional Secretary NYO Muhsin Dawar were present on the occasion.