Achakzai’s KPK nonsense
Afghanistan Times on June 29 carried an 8-column lead story with a 4-column photograph of renowned Pakistani politician Mahmood Khan Achakzai. The lead headline reads: “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa belongs to Afghans: Achakzai”. This coincided with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif signing a six-month extension to the stay of 3 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, who will be provided wheat and flour by Pakistan even if they are shifted to relocated refugee camps in Afghanistan. Mahmood Khan Achakzai is the main ally of Nawaz Sharif as he was the key Parliamentarian who happened to be on the forefront to defend Nawaz Sharif government against Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri’s 126-day dharna. In return Mahmood Khan Achakzai has got numerous benefits and perks from Nawaz Sharif. His brother, nephews, family members have been posted on key positions in Balochistan and at Centre.
His latest interview with the Afghanistan Times has triggered the already pushed Ashraf Ghani government-led debate that whether or not the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is part of Pakistan or Afghanistan? This comes in the wake of the fresh Torkham border attacks by the Afghan side, which resulted in killing, among others, a Pakistan Army Major.
The Afghan troops resorted to mortar shelling on the gate Pakistan is building several feet inside Pakistani territory only to check the illegal crossing by thousands of Afghans everyday who also include terrorists. If Pakhtukhwa is part of Afghanistan, then why talk of violations of the Durand Line, which formally recognizes KPK as part of Pakistan. And if for Achakzai it is the issue of blood and races, then who knows who has whose blood and race across the width and breadth of subcontinent?
KPK is not only a well recognized and historically established part of Pakistan even before the times of British India, and there should be no question of raising it at a time when Pakistan is fighting the final phase of war against terrorism. I am sure no one would dare to initiate a lawful suit against Achakzai for treason, but the weak government of Nawaz Sharif would like to appease him and his likes. —Lahore