ANP dissociates from anti-government PDM alliance

Awami National Party (ANP) has announced to dissociate from Pakistan Democratic Movement –  the 11-party anti-government opposition alliance.

The decision to leave the 11-party opposition alliance was made during a meeting of the ANP’s Central Majlis and Working Committee chaired by party’s Senior Vice President Ameer Haider Khan Hoti.

Addressing a press-briefing in Peshawar, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti expressed party’s displeasure over issuance of show-cause notices by the PDM and that such issues should have been taken up in a meeting of the PDM leadership.

JUI-F had joined hands with PTI against PPP in Larkana but no show cause notices were issued PML-N or Maulana Fazlur Rehman, said the ANP leader.

The issuance of show cause notices was intended to harm our party’s reputation, remarked Haider Khan Hoti.

We expected that PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and General-Secretary Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would make impartial decisions as PDM officials, instead of JUI-F and PML-N leaders.

The development comes as earlier, PDM has issued show cause notices to ANP and PPP over accusations of violating anti-government alliance’s principles by collaborating with federal government’s allies.

Both parties were directed to submit their response within a within a week over allegations of collaborating with Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) for the election of Yousuf Raza Gilani as leader of opposition in Senate.

It is to be noted that PPP leader and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was elected as Senate opposition leader on March 26th via securing support of 30 Opposition senators for the prized post which has been a matter of contention between the PML-N and the PPP.