A meeting of consultative committee of Awami National Party was held in Chief Ministers House yesterday. The meeting was presided over by Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel, the acting Central President of Awami Natiional Party.
In an in-depth and detailed discussion the meeting took stock of the situation emerging out of the decision of the federal government to send Nizam-e-Adl Regulation to parliament. At the end of discussion the consultative committee passed the following resolution ?-
?Awami National Party is disappointed at the decision of the federal government to send the Malakand Nizam-e-Adle Regulation to parliament on many courts. One, the aforementioned decision is in total violation of the understanding with the federal government and Presidency. At that point of time it was clearly agreed that the president of Pakistan will sign the Regulation when peace will return to Swat. After the February 16 agreement between the provincial government and Maulana Sufi Mohammad, head of TSNM, initially cease fire was declared followed by a gradual return of peace. Now with the establishment of a comparatively peaceful situation we owe it to the people of Malakand to give them Nizam-e-Adl.
Decision to fulfill our commitment. the provincial government has already sent the draft regulation to the presidency through governor of the province. Two, we were also disappointed by the fact that the federal government or Pakistan Peoples Party did not deem it fit to take ANP in confidence before making this decision public. We learnt about it through media. We are part of the coalition government and our two parties are supposed to be in a political alliance. Keeping ANP and provincial government in dark about such an important decision in which we as the elected representatives of the people of Pakhtunkhwa are the main stake holders can not be justified on any ground. Three, already precious time has been wasted in signing the Nizam-e-Adle Regulation and only further delay can undermine the peace process and God forbid if violence erupts again in Malakand Division it will lead to a catastrophe in our region.
We are not opposed to taking every piece of legislation to the parliament. As a matter of principle we are in favour of amending the constitution for enabling the parliament to legislate for both PATA and FATA. But in the present case time is of the essence and the constitution permits the President of Pakistan to sign the Regulation. Therefore we demand that Nizam-e-Adle Regulation should be signed by the President of Pakistan on urgent basis. We also request our party leadership to reconsider the decision to remain part of the coalition government in case of further delay in signing the law since it involves the supreme interest of the people of the province. We assure the people of the province in general and of the Malakand Division in particular that ANP will stand firmly for their right to live in peace and shall go to any extent for this cause.
We had consulted all the political parties in the province. We shall take them into confidence about the latest development in the hear further. We repose full confidence in our leader Asfandyar Wali Khan and give him full authority to take the final decision