CHARSADDA/UPPER DIR: Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan has said that PTI will face a humiliating defeat in the upcoming elections as its hallow slogan of ‘change’ has been exposed.

Addressing party workers convention in Charsadda on Sunday, he said that provincial government completed its tenure but miserably failed to deliver. He said there that was no case of corruption against ANP leader but PTI ministers and even Chief Minister Pervez Khattak were facing NAB cases.

He said that Pervez Khattak was a minister in the ANP government for more than four years but then he was levelling allegations against ANP. Mr Khan said that they would take to streets if anybody tried to touch the dead issue of Kalabagh Dam. He said that stance of ANP never changed on Kalabagh Dam. He said that Pakhuns were passing through difficult time of history. He said that Pakhtuns were targeted in every nook and corner of the country.

Mr Khan said that ANP leaders rendered many sacrifices in the war against terrorism but never budged an inch from their principled stand. He said that Bacha Khan and Wali Khan had said that the war was not jihad rather Fasad (violence) but different allegations were levelled against them. He said that those, who had hurled allegations against them, kept mum after launching of Radul Fasad operation in the country.

He said that Pakhtuns were being killed on both sides of Durand Line. He said that ANP would defeat PTI and QWP with a big margin in the upcoming election in Charsadda.

Addressing a public meeting in Upper Dir, ANP provincial president Ameer Haider Khan Hoti said that PTI chief Imran Khan was giving lesson of honesty to others but his party lawmakers sold votes in the Senate elections.

He also criticised JI and JUI-F and said that there was no risk to Islam from 2013 to 2017 when the two parties were enjoying governments in centre and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He added that they wanted Islamabad instead of Islam. He said that JI and JUI-F were trying to deceive people in the name of Islam. He said that ANP leaders and workers rendered sacrifices to defeat terrorism.

Mr Hoti said that JI was saying that interest-based business was prohibited in Islam but its Provincial Finance Minister Muzzafar Said signed and received loans on interest.

Published in Dawn, April 30th, 2018

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