Nasim assails govt harassment of Jang Group

By our correspondent

PESHAWAR: Parliamentary leader of ANP in NWFP Assembly, Begum Nasim Wali Khan has assailed the government victimisation and intimidation of the Jang Group calling for an immediate halt in this malicious campaign.

"We condemn victimisation of the Jang Group and call for an immediate end to the intimidation campaign let loose by the government to muzzle the voice of press," said Begum Nasim while addressing newsmen at a press conference here Thursday called to announce the schedule of the eleventh death anniversary of the party founder, late Bacha Khan.

Flanked by the party leaders, Farid Toofan and the party's provincial secretary information, Jan Muhammad Khan, Begum Nasim Wali Khan disclosed that the party has chalked out a detailed programme to mark the death anniversary of the great leader. In this connection, she said, a big rally would be held in the Jinnah Park on February 15 which would be participated by a large number of people affiliated with the sister organisations of the ANP including Pukhtoon Students' Federation, Malgari Ustazan and Malgari Wakilan.

The public meeting, she said, would also be addressed by the party leaders united under the umbrella of newly-formed Pakistan Oppressed Nations' Movement (PONM), which among others include, Sardar Attaullah Mengal, Rasool Bux Paleejo and Mirza Ijaz Baig. The newsmen were told that the meeting would also receive foreign dignitaries. However, she brushed aside rumours that the rally would be a show of force to launch a movement against the present government.

Highlighting the services laid down by late Bacha Khan, the ANP leader held that the tributes being paid to the great leader were no match to the services rendered by him. "Bacha Khan dedicated his whole life for the cause of securing Pukhtoon unity and the tributes we pay to him are hardly a match to his toils," said Begum Nasim, adding that the nationalist politics has become a universal reality and the masses should rally round Bacha Khan's philosophy for the projection of his views.

The News International Pakistan