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Hidden forces want to delay polls: minister

Published Jan 18, 2013 02:18am


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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain — File Photo
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain. — File photo

NOWSHERA, Jan 17: Provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that certain hidden forces are out to delay the forthcoming general elections but democratic forces will not let them succeed in their nefarious designs.

He was addressing various gatherings on the occasion of inaugurating 42 development schemes in different localities of his constituency, PK-12, in Nowshera on Thursday.

Awami National Party (ANP) district president Ahrar Khattak, PK-12 president Zar Ali Khan, union council presidents and officials of government departments were also present on this occasion.

The minister said that constitutional tenure of the present government would end on March 16 and fresh elections would be held within 60 days after the dissolution of the present assemblies. He asked ANP workers to forge unity among their ranks and start preparations for the forthcoming general elections.

Expressing deep grief over the killing of 18 persons in Bara, Khyber Agency, he said that since tribal areas fell in the jurisdiction of federal government so the provincial government had no authority there. He said that they participated in the jirga held between the governor and tribal people provide relief to the affected families.

The minister said that tribal people were their brethren and they were close to each other on many counts.

“We will not tolerate any excess against them,” he said. He added it was unfortunate that certain elements tried to instigate people.

Mr Hussain said that they were passing through a very critical situation therefore they should abstain from further complicating problems as it would not do any good.

About the long march of Dr Tahirul Qadri, the minister said that both the government and the opposition showed unity and far sight in their reaction to it. He also appreciated the government for sending a team for holding talks with Dr Tahirul Qadri.

He said that the problem needed to be resolved amicably. He said that government already made it clear that all the fair demands of Dr Tahirul Qadri would be met.


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Comments (4) Closed

Abdullah Hussain Jan 18, 2013 08:46am
I fail to understand why these politicians are failing to read the mood of the frustrated peoples of Pakistan. The more they talk about theories the more peoples get frustrated. Had these politicians delivered even 30% of their promises, long march would not have taken place.
cricketlover Jan 18, 2013 08:54pm
Here we go again! Ominous signs are already making the rounds. What a pathetic state of affairs in Pakistan. A full term Govt. not being able to pin-point the source of all these "weird threats" of Election sabotage, and, thereby, raising doubts about its intentions vis-a-vis the forthcoming elections in May this year. Looks like the old game is on ENCORE with the same (lame) excuses being put forward four months in advance. Let's see if the latest developments alongwith all the agony and disruptions suffered by the nation can go a long way in laying a solid platform for the most crucial of all elections so far because this is a critical time in the history of this not-too-young country, particularly in the light of the global and regional situations.
Faizullah Khalil Jan 18, 2013 03:55pm
Mr. Iftikhar,Please don't the murders of the innocent tribesmen so light. When militants martyred your only son, we all condemned it and cursed militants. You being claiming to be fighting for the rights of the Pakhtuns on Pakhtun soil,Then why innocent Pakhtuns are mercillesly murdered by the people in uniform and on the the govt. payroll. legally it may be so that FATA falls under federal jurisdiction,but politically and morally it is your own people being made miserable. Fighting the bad elements in areas where the forces are having operations for a long now have produced no good results for the people,govt and anybodyelse. Can we ask why this failure???
Moin Jan 18, 2013 03:19pm
Qadri's Long March went in favor of PPP government, it will further divide people's Vote between Nawaz Shareef, Tahirul Qadri, Imran Khan, Jamat-e-Islami and all other Rightist Parties and PPP will win again even with 20% vote and form a coalition with other leftists like ANP and MQM and poor public will suffer again for 5 years.