PESHAWAR - Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said on Sunday that the people would hold the previous government accountable in the May 11 general elections, as it did nothing to mitigate their sufferings.

“Our party’s manifesto envisages the restoration of sustainable peace and viable solution to the problems of the commoners,” he said while talking to a delegation of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Malakand Agency, at the party’s Central Secretariat in Hayatabad here.

PML-N Member Provincial Council Ibrar Khan and other office-bearers, including Main Alam Shah, Abid Khan, Guldad and others announced joining the QWP along with their supporters.  

The new entrants to the party reposed confidence in the leadership of Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and praised him for raising voice for the rights of the disadvantaged segments of the society.

QWP provincial Chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao and QWP Saudi Arabia Chapter’s president Muhib Gul Shalmani were also present.  Aftab Sherpao said the so-called champions of the rights of the Pakhtuns had failed to secure their rights and restore peace on Pakhtun soil despite remaining in power for five years.

He said that the people were grapping with host of challenges, including price-hike and joblessness.  He said that if voted to power, they would take solid steps to develop the hitherto neglected so that the sense of deprivation could be removed among the masses.

The QWP leader said the outgoing rulers didn’t honour the pledges made to the people in 2008 election campaign.

 He said the so-called nationalists had miserable failed to receive the net hydel profit areas from the Centre.