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Mr Shahid - who has personally visited the region with other APNA leaders - said that militants were based there in large numbers and have set up camps in the area.
"The men are not locals - they have long hair and beards. Most do not speak the local language," he said.
Local citizens in the Neelum Valley told the BBC much the same thing.
"We are scared," a resident said.
"The armed men are moving around the area and are trying to cross the border.