PESHAWAR: The National Awami Party Wali group today [Aug 12] observed “Babra Day” in remembrance of those killed in the firing at Babra Village in Charsadda Tehsil, 22 years ago. A public meeting was arranged at Babra graveyard which was addressed among others by the Party chief, Khan Abdul Wali Khan. Earlier, a procession led by Khan Wali Khan was also taken out through the streets of Charsadda town. ...

Speaking at the meeting, Khan Abdul Wali Khan said that his party was determined to make those responsible for the firing accountable. “The blood of the Pakhtoons would be avenged in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Quran,” he said and added that Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, whom he accused of the firing, would have to give account for it. “Khan Qayyum will have to reap what he sowed 22 years ago.” …

Khan Abdul Wali Khan reiterated that there was no danger to Islam or Pakistan. The real issue before this nation today was equitable distribution of wealth, so as to bridge up the rich-poor gap as quickly as possible. … Khan Wali Khan said that the Pakhtoons had always defended the integrity and solidarity of Pakistan and added that should such an occasion come in future, they would spare no sacrifice to safeguard the country.

Published in Dawn, August 13th, 2020