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Peshawar

January 16, 2015

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Asfandyar criticises Imran for marrying before school victim’s Chehlum


NOWSHERA: Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan Thursday criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) head Imran Khan for demanding a judicial commission to probe rigging in four National Assembly constituencies but not directing the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government led by his party to constitute such a commission on the Army Public School attack.
Speaking to reporters after offering condolences to ANP leader Masood Abbas Khattak on the death of his mother, he said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the army were equally responsible for providing security to the masses in the province.
“Imran should have directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to constitute a commission for fixing responsibility in the school attack. Putting the blame on institutions would not exonerate his party from the responsibility,” he added.
Rejecting the allegation of ANP-PML-N workers’ involvement in the protest on the occasion of Imran Khan’s visit to the Army Public School in Peshawar, he said that a senior leader of his party would have led the protest if his party wanted to stop the PTI chief from entering the school.
He maintained that the parents were justified in staging the protest against Imran because they were grieved at the death of their children. He said Imran should have postponed his marriage until after the Chehlum of those slain by the militants in the army-run school.
“If someone in Pakistan contracts a marriage before the Chehlum following the death of a family member, the entire family breaks relationship with that person,” he reminded.
He appreciated the action initiated by the Afghan government for arresting five Pakistani militants accused of involvement in the Peshawar school attack. “The coordination between Afghanistan and Pakistan is a good step for the restoration of peace in the region,” he said.
Asfandyar Wali reiterated his party stance for maintaining cordial relations with the neighbouring

countries. “Pakistan had concluded agreements with India in the past and it should also do the same now for the restoration of peace in the region,” he argued.
He blamed the policy makers of Pakistan for not taking his party leadership’s advice seriously in the past for tackling terrorism. He criticised those elements that remained silent over the killings of ANP workers and leaders. “Such elements used to claim that it was not Pakistan’s war. The ANP always considered it our war and gave the highest number of sacrifices in it,” he stressed.

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