PESHAWAR - Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said on Sunday that the government had failed to restore peace over the last five years and resolve the problems facing the Pakhtuns.

Addressing a large public gathering in Buner district in connection with the death anniversary of Shaheed Hayat Mohammad Khan Sherpao, he said that the federal and the provincial governments couldn’t adopt a comprehensive strategy to address the issues confronting the Pakhtuns.

QWP Provincial Chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao, General Secretary Bakht Baidar Khan, Saleem Advocate, Masood Jabbar, QWP district president Prof Hameedur Rahman, general secretary Maumbar Bacha and Bakhtiar Ali were also present on the occasion.

Aftab Sherpao said those doing politics in the name of Pakhtuns had abandoned them and had done nothing to mitigate their sufferings. He maintained that his party had raised voice for the cause of the Pakhtuns at all platforms and would continue making efforts to secure their rights. He said that no concrete step had been taken to revive the damaged infrastructure in Malakand Division where law and order situation was also unsatisfactory. The QWP leader said that the country’s economy was on the verge of collapse due to the ill-conceived policies of the sitting rulers, who were serving their own vested interests.

He said that power consumers were facing prolonged and unscheduled power cuts despite the fact that the price of electricity had been increased manifold. He said the government had given no relief to the masses in the face of backbreaking inflation and the price of daily use items had increased, crippling the purchasing power of the poor segments of the society.

Aftab Sherpao said the QWP would resist any move to either postpone or delay the upcoming general elections. He said that the government should take steps for creating an environment conducive to holding the elections in a free, fair and transparent manner.

He further said that his party was the real representative of the Pakhtuns and no effort would be spared to serve them. He said that his party had the ability to steer the country out of the prevailing crises and put it on the path to progress and development.

He paid glowing tributes to Hayat Mohammad Khan for rendering services for furthering the cause of the Pakhtuns.