PESHAWAR: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday suspended his political activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over security concerns.

Addressing a press conference at the residence of former PPP provincial president Syed Zahir Ali Shah in Peshawar, Bilawal said he would just meet the people in Malakand from where he is contesting elections. However, he said there would be no rallies.

Besides NA-200 Larkana and NA-246 Karachi, the PPP chairman is also contesting election from NA-8 Malakand, which comprises Malakand district. He is likely to face tough contest from former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Junaid Akbar and Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) in Malakand.

Bilawal said the PPP cannot continue its election campaign when the people are burying the victims of terrorist attacks. He said his party cannot put the lives of its workers at risk by holding public meetings. He said the PPP will carry out campaigns through press conferences.

He said that despite problems, the PPP would not boycott elections. He said bureaucracy in other provinces had been reshuffled, but no such postings and transfers were carried out in KP.

Bilawal said the National Action Plan (NAP), chalked out in the wake of the December 2014 attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, was not implemented in letter and spirit.