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Asfandyar deplores racial profiling of Pakhtuns

Updated February 27, 2017

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CHARSADDA: Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan has warned of ‘forcible eviction of Punjab people’ from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if what he called unjust treatment meted out to Pakhtuns in Punjab is not immediately stopped.

He was speaking at a meeting in Wali Bagh on Sunday. A former union council nazim and others announced their decision to join the ANP.

The ANP chief said his party would boycott meetings convened by the government until harassment of Pakhtuns in Punjab came to an end. He warned that racial profiling of Pakhtuns could create a dangerous situation, recalling the circumstances that led to the country’s dismemberment.

Mr Khan said that his party would take part in a sit-in on March 12 to call for merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with KP. “We will accept only one Pakhtunkhwa after Fata’s merger with it. There will be no northern and southern Pakhtun­khwa,” he declared.

He called for implementation of the merger plan and allocation of five per cent of national resources and a share in the National Fina­ncial Commission award to Fata to bring it at par with other provinces.

The ANP president said strained relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan had benefited their enemies.

Published in Dawn, February 27th, 2017