PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti Saturday said due to security concern, the Federal government had been requested to shift Doctor Shakil Afridi to any other part of the country as Peshawar’s Central Jail was already housing a large number of militants.

He was talking to journalist at the residence of former secretary C&W Riaz Ahmad Khan where he expressed condolences with his son Khizar Hayat who is the incumbent ACO of Haripoor. The chief minister was also flanked by his coordinating secretary Syed Masoom Shah Bacha, provincial minister Mohammad Iftikhar and provincial officer Kamran Zeb. The chief minister offered prayers for the departed soul of late Riaz Ahmad Khan and paid tributes to his services for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  Hoti said the provincial government was providing tight security to Dr Shakil Afridi but wanted his shifting to some other location of the country as there was large number of militants at Peshawar’s Central Jail.

Regarding the upcoming fiscal budget, Hoti said in current circumstances and financial crisis, no province of the country could present a balanced budget, however, the provincial government had tried its best to come up to the expectations of the masses. He said the next budget was the last budget of ANP government in the province and it would be ensured to provide maximum relief to the people.  He also appreciated the federal budget which was tabled on Friday and termed it a balanced one with respect to the existing economic crunches and poor law and order situation. He said maximum relief had been given to the masses in the sectors vital to them.

He maintained that due to terrorism and militancy, the targets and priorities of the government had been changed and it was difficult for the government in such circumstance to meet financial challenges and table a balanced budget.

He said the incumbent government in its four-year tenure had served the masses and practically implemented its manifesto. “Popularity graph of Awami National Party is increasing with each passing day as people in large number are joining the party fold,” he claimed. 

On this occasion Arjumand Khan, Mohammad Arif Khan, Jawad Ahmad, Fawad Ahmad, Khan Afzal, Fainda Khan, Ishaq Ahmad, Luqman Ahmad Khan and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman along with his relatives and friends quit their parties and joined Awami National Party.

They appreciated the services of ANP and expressed full confidences over Asfandyar Wali Khan and Chief Minister Hoti.