PESHAWAR/CHARSADDA: Asfandyar Wali Khan was elected president of the Awami National Party unopposed for a fifth time on Sunday.
Ghulam Ahmad Bilour was elected as senior vice president, Mian Iftikhar Hussain as general secretary and Zahid Khan as information secretary.
According to details, ANP Central Council meeting was held under Senator Haji Adeel at Wali Bagh in Charsadda.
All positions in the central cabinet were uncontested after the party leaders convinced the contesting candidates to avoid election, party sources told Daily Times.
As feared, Latif Afridi challenged senior party leader Senator Afrasiab Khattak for the general-secretary slot and both refused to reach a “deal”.
“KP ANP President Ameer Haider Hoti proposed Mian Iftikhar Hussain’s name as alternative when both leaders refused to budge,” sources said. “Both Afrasiab and Lateef Lala accepted him as a consensus candidate.”
Talking to media after the party election, Asfandyar said both Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri would be “held responsible if democracy gets derailed”.
Advising the government, he asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to call joint session of parliament and ask members: who is standing on which side - democracy or march.
He said tsunami itself was destruction and those trying to bring change were increasing confrontation.
He said the ANP would never support national or technocrat government, as there was no mention of them in the constitution. He said it is unconstitutional to force the PM to resign at gunpoint, adding that there is a way in the constitution to remove a PM. He said despite reservations, they accepted the 2013 election results and democratic traditions demand that mandate of the people should be respected.
He questioned whether it was politics and democracy to demand resignations by gathering 50,000 to 60,000 people. He categorically said that the nation would hold Imran and Tahirul Qadri hundred percent responsible if there was any harm to democracy.
He pointed out that in the past, political decisions were taken through dialogue and understanding in the parliament but in new Pakistan, decisions are made in road crossings. He made it clear that the ANP would never side with undemocratic forces.
He strongly criticized the KP chief minister, saying that he left the bodies of 18 children unattended and went to Islamabad to dance.
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