PESHAWAR: Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) blamed federal government for poor arrangements during Haj, saying Pakistani pilgrims faced a host of problems but the relevant ministry did not address their grievances.

According to a statement issued here on Wednesday, QWP leader Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao said that those claiming to establish a state on pattern of Madina even could not facilitate the pilgrims. It spoke volumes about their poor performance, he said. “The pilgrims had to stage protest against the government,” he added.

About the completion of one-year of the PTI government, the QWP leader said that the rulers could not honour even a single pledge made with the people during the election campaign.

He said that the PTI government was good at taking U-turns that was evident from its poor performance during the last one year.

Sikandar Sherpao said that the PTI’s slogan of change was a ploy to reach the corridors of power and nothing else. He added that with passing of time, the people had become disenchanted with the PTI rulers as they were unable to provide them any relief.

Referring to the death of a minor girl due to snake bite in Mohmand district, he said that the incident belied the tall claims of the government about providing healthcare facilities to the people at their doorsteps.

Published in Dawn, August 22nd, 2019