Peshawar: Senator Afrasiab Khattak and Arbab Mohammad Tahir Khan Khalil were
elected president and general secretary of the Awami National Party Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa respectively, on Wednesday.

A total of members of party’s provincial council unanimously elected the
office-bearers for a term of four years at the sprawling lawns of the Chief
Minister’s House. Baz Mohammad Khan was elected as senior vice president of the
party.

Abdul Latief Afridi, Aziz Khan Kaka, Mian Syed Laiq Bacha, Hameedur Rahman
Mohammadzai, Engineer Abbas Khan, Mian Mushtaq and Shagufta Malik were elected
vice-presidents.

Haroon Bilour was elected as deputy general secretary while Aimal Wali Khan,
Noor Sher, Jafar Shah, Mirza Ihsanullah, Malik Naveed, Fayyaz Hussain, Rauf
Khan, Saukat Ali and Arshad Ali were elected joint secretaries.

Malik Mustafa, who was ANP Peshawar city president was elected as information
secretary and Arshad Yousafzai as secretary finance, Shuaukat Ali secretary
culture and Imran Afridi the provincial Salar of the party.

Congratulating the newly elected office-bearers of the party’s provincial
chapter, Asfandyar Wali Khan expressed his hope that the members will work hard
fo rthe progress of the party and serve the people to the best of their
abilities.

The ANP chief said the party would not be part of any unconstitutional move
that derailed the democratic set up in the country and would against it.

The Central President said peace was a must for development and to a great
extent peace and tranquility had been achieved in the troubled province.
However, he said peae in FATA and Afghanistan was interlinked and Islamabad and
Kabul should make joint efforts for elimination of terrorism from the region.

Appreciating the Fata reforms, Asfandyar Wali Khan said though the recently
introduced reforms are a good omen but more reforms should be introduced as per
the aspiration of people.

Regarding Pakhtuns in Karachi, he said none should ignore the role of
Pakhtuns in the port city. " They are a reality and no one could undermine their
political rights," he stated, adding that the ANP had gained enough strenghth in
Sindh and it would be reflected in the next general elections.

Senator Afrasiab Khattak said that the Pakhtun nation was passing through one
of the most critical phases of its history and the ANP had bravely faced the
situation and was fully prepared to cope with the challenges. He expressed the
hope that keeping in view the achievements of the ANP-led government the party
would sweep the next general elections.