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January 10, 2012

Provinces on linguistic basis must be created democratically: ANP

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January 10, 2012

The Awami National Party (ANP) chief in Sindh, Shahi Syed, said on Monday that every political party has the right to strive for its political agenda but that it was the need of the hour to adopt constitutional and democratic means in meeting this purpose.
He stressed the need to take into confidence all political forces through dialogue before approving any resolutions for the creation of new provinces. Syed said the ANP was for the creation of new provinces in the country but that the decision should be taken by the assemblies of the respective provinces. He said that the movement for creation of new provinces should be understood in a historical perspective.
He said people who were not even aware of the basic realities of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa were making senseless statements and that historical and objective conditions were being distorted to meet personal ends. He asked why forces alien to the realities of Khyber Pukhtunkhua were so keen on the creation of new provinces, and questioned whether these elements had ever visited the province.
Syed said that such forces were creating a wedge between the people and that they would never succeed in doing so. He said that the fate of the tribal areas must be decided by the tribal people and their official representatives.
Meanwhile, a Qurankhwani was held on the soyem of the slain president ANP-West, Syed Ahmed Khan, at Bacha Khan Markaz. A large number of central, provincial, district and ward leaders participated in the Qurankhwani.
Party leader Bashir Ahmed, who was severely injured during Khan’s assassination, also participated in the event. The party’s central labour secretary, Rana Gul Afridi, said that the “shahadat” of Khan would never be forgotten, and that it would take some time to fill the political void left after his death. He said that Khan was a brave and outspoken leader who had served humanity and a national cause, and that other party workers should not hesitate in rendering

such sacrifices in the future.

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