ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) central secretary general Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that stance of his party against the menace of terrorism is very clear from day one, and it is against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Mian Iftikhar said the ANP stood firm in support of the state policy against terrorism in 2008 and hundreds of its workers were martyred, but it still did not compromise on its principled stance. He said as a government spokesman at that time, he was punished in shape of murder of his only son, but he still did not budge an inch on his stance against terrorism.

While giving his reaction to recently published news item about his refusal to become a complainant in the murder case of his son, Mian Iftikhar said that such news are being spread to create doubts about the case and benefit the main accused who has already confessed to killing his son. He said such statements are being issued to make the case weak and save the culprit.

Mian Iftikhar said terrorist Abdul Qayyum from South Waziristan was arrested in an operation by Karachi Police who during investigation had confessed to involvement in eight target killing incidents including the murder of Mian Rashid Hussain. He had also revealed names of his entire network at that time.

The ANP leader said being a government spokesman he was in contact with the inspector general of Sindh Police. He said the main accused was the driver of then Pakistani Taliban chief Hakeemullah Mehsud who was promoted as Karachi chief of the TTP due to his terror activities.

Mian Iftikhar said hundreds of ANP activities were martyred by terrorists, but no culprit was arrested or punished. He said the case of Rashid Hussain could not be decided in several years despite confessional statement by the arrested terrorist commander.

Mian Iftikhar said statements are again surfacing in the media to twist facts of his son’s murder case. He said the government is not serious in eliminating terrorism. He said such is the condition of a high-profile case, which reveals what could be the status of other cases.

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