Pakhtunkhwa Times

NWFP To Covene Jirga To Restore Peace

Posted in 1 by ppfcanada on April 7, 2009

By Lehaz Ali

PESHAWAR; The NWFP government has decided to call a major political Jirga to explore ways to resolve the issue of terrorism.

This was announced by the provincial information minister, Mian Iftikhar Hussain while addressing a news conference in Peshawar today.

Khyber news correspondent, Lehaz Ali reports that according to the minister, leaders and representatives of all political parties of the country would be invited to the jirga.

Iftikhar said the government believe in negotiations and the ongoing Swat operation is only a reaction to the activities of the militants. He said that this operation can be stopped immediately if the militants agree to lay down their arms.

The minister asked the federal government to take the provincial government into confidence before taking any step in the tribal areas.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain also took a serious exception to the allegations of Jamiat-e Ulema-e Islam that Awami National Party was struggling for a greater Pukhtoonistan with the support of the United States.

He said this was a baseless propaganda, claiming that the ANP was a patriotic party. He criticized what he called the double standards of Jamiat-e Ulema-e Islam, saying that the party was a member of the ruling coalition and was also playing the role of opposition. He asked the JUI leaders to refrain from unleashing baseless propaganda at the present critical juncture.

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