Would some­one take no­tice of Achakzai’s re­bel­lion?

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LKhan EADER of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mah­mood

Achakzai is known for un­con­ven­tional re­marks on dif­fer­ent is­sues but this time round he crossed all lim­its in sug­gest­ing that Pak­istan’s KP Prov­ince be­longed to Afghans. In an in­ter­view to an Afghan news­pa­per, he com­mented that if Afghans are ha­rassed in other parts of Pak­istan, they should come here to the Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Prov­ince, where no one can ask them for refugee cards, be­cause it also be­longs to them.

In the first place, at a time when the en­tire Pak­istan was unan­i­mous in draw­ing con­clu­sion that enough was enough and Afghan refugees should now go back to their home­land, Achakzai’s in­sis­tence on keep­ing them on Pak­istani soil at all costs is not un­der­stand­able. Per­haps, for him, racial back­ground and po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­en­cies are more im­por­tant than se­cu­rity in­ter­ests of Pak­istan, a coun­try where his party has been do­ing pol­i­tics both within and out­side cor­ri­dors of pow­ers. Sec­ondly, Achakzai seems to be liv­ing in the fool’s par­adise when he says KP be­longs to Afghanistan. Chief Min­is­ter Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khat­tak has rightly pointed out to him that peo­ple of the Prov­ince voted in favour of Pak­istan in a free and fair ref­er­en­dum and no one can en­vi­sion Pak­istan with­out KP. Peo­ple of KP have also taken ex­cep­tion to his re­marks and re­jected them forthrightly. His sedi­tious re­marks were rem­i­nis­cent of what Bacha Khan had been try­ing to preach by ex­press­ing al­le­giance both with Afghanistan and New Delhi and pre­ferred Kabul as his last abode. But his pol­i­tics was re­jected not only by peo­ple of Pak­istan but peo­ple of KP as well and it is sat­is­fy­ing to note that today’s ANP is do­ing pol­i­tics while re­main­ing strictly within the na­tional main­stream. Why peo­ple of KP would iden­tify them­selves with Afghanistan when they are far more bet­ter so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally than ci­ti­zens of the neigh­bour­ing coun­try? If Afghan refugees are not will­ing to leave Pak­istan and go back to their home­land, why any res­i­dent of KP would want to join Afghanistan? Re­marks of Achakzai are ridicu­lous, non­sense and de­void of san­ity and we hope there will be some­one in Pak­istan who will take strong ex­cep­tion to such dan­ger­ous out­bursts.

IN May 2016, the Na­tional Assem bly passed, within min­utes, an amend­ment in the Con­sti­tu­tion en­vis­ag­ing so-called re­forms in the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP). The 22nd con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment in­volves pro­ce­dure to be adopted for the ap­point­ment of Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner (CEC) and mem­bers of the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP). The amend­ment was based on the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on Elec­toral Re­forms re­gard­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tion and other pre­req­ui­sites for the CEC and the mem­bers of the ECP. It ap­peared that ob­jec­tive of this amend­ment was to make ECP free from ju­di­cial pre-em­i­nence, as there was nei­ther men­tion of train­ing the field staff to check rig­ging and en­sure fair elec­tions nor em­pow­er­ment of the ECP nor em­pow­er­ment of the ECP be­cause un­less it is in­de­pen­dent fi­nan­cially, it will be un­der the pres­sure of the gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the amend­ment, in ad­di­tion to a re­tired judge of the Supreme Court as was the case before amend­ment, a se­nior bu­reau­crat or a tech­no­crat would be el­i­gi­ble for ap­point­ment as the Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner. A re­tired judge of any high court will also be el­i­gi­ble for the of­fice. Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner and four mem­bers of the com­mis­sion will be ap­pointed with

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