PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) president Asfandyar Wali Khan has called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to order a judicial inquiry into the profiling and harassment of Pakhtuns in Punjab.
In a letter to the prime minister, Asfandyar asked him to direct Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to unblock the computerised national identity cards (CNICs) of the Pakistani citizens belonging to FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. He urged the premier to instruct the Punjab Police to stop compulsory registration of Pakhtuns and their guests.
The ANP chief called for an end to night raids in the Pakhtun-inhabited areas. Asfandyar wrote that in the last few years there had been complaints about the harassment, persecution and mistreatment of displaced Pakhtuns in Punjab. He said the KP Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution asking the federal and Punjab governments to stop the unconstitutional practices that were violation of Article 15 of the Constitution. He said the Punjab Police and law-enforcement authorities had now resorted to the racial profiling of Pakhtuns which is unacceptable. He said the prevailing situation was the result of the government’s discriminatory policies and it had nothing to do with the people of Punjab.
Asfandyar said Pakhtuns borne the brunt of terrorism as a result of the policies of successive governments. He said the report of the ANP fact-finding committee confirmed the fact that profiling of Pakhtuns was going on in Punjab.