Bilour for another APC on terrorism, other challenges

LAHORE: Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour Wednesday asked the government to convene another All Parties Conference (APC) to discuss challenges facing Pakistan in the wake of terrorism.

Talking to newsmen here at Lahore Press Club, along with former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain and other ANP office-bearers, he condemned the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park blast and expressed sympathy with the victims and bereaved families.

Replying to a question, Bilour said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in KP had given nothing to the province except rising poverty and different crises. The KP government affairs were actually
being run by PTI Chairman Imran Khan as all decisions were being made by him, he added.

The ANP leader said successive governments had launched operations in Swat, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Waziristan but the goal of establishing peace there was yet to be achieved.

The Federal Government, he said, should convene the APC again for taking the leadership of all political and religious parties on board as collaborative measures were needed to eliminate terrorism and extremism from the country.

He said anti-Pakistan forces were supporting the terrorists and extremists and there was a dire need to deal with their facilitators with an iron hand as well.