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August 21, 2010

ANP to support Pakhtuns in Karachi

Lahore

August 21, 2010

PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) here Friday reaffirmed its resolve to stand by the Pakhtuns in Karachi and assured them that the party would support them through thick and thin.
A condolence meeting of the ANP Peshawar district was held at the Baacha Khan Markaz, the party’s central secretariat, with its Provincial Secretary General Tajuddin Khan in the chair. Provincial Minister for Livestock Haji Hidayatullah, MPAs Mukhtiar Ali Khan and Shagufta Malik, provincial Culture Secretary Hameedur Rahman, Information Secretary Arbab Tahir, District Bar President Razaullah Khan, ANP city President Malik Mustafa and district President Mian Mushtaq, Deputy General Secretary Anwarul Haq and a large number of party workers attended the meeting.
The meeting condemned the target killing of Obaidullah Yousafzai, senior party leader of Sindh province, and made a demand to the government to take steps to stop the target killing of innocent Pakhtuns in the port city of Karachi. The speakers said that genocide of Pakhtuns is going on in Karachi and it is high time that Pakhtuns should rise above political and ideological divide and forge unity to address the challenge. They said those who wanted to annihilate Pakhtuns would never succeed in their nefarious designs.
The ANP leaders said Karachi was not a city of a single political party but all the citizens of the country have equal right over the cosmopolitan city. Later, the meeting passed resolutions that demanded judicial inquiry into target killings in Karachi. It asked the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo moto action of the killing of Obaidullah Yousafzai and to hand over Karachi to the army as the police and Rangers had failed to stop killing of Pakhtuns.
Earlier, the party activists offered funeral prayer in absentia for the deceased Obaidullah Yousafzai.
Meanwhile, Pakhtun Students Federation staged a protest rally here against the target killing of the ANP leader. Provincial President Majid

Khan led the rally. The protesters were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the Sindh government for not taking action against the perpetrators of target killings. They chanted slogans against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and blamed it for the target killings of Pakhtuns.

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