Two independent MPAs-elect join ANP
Any of the elected MPAs could be decorated with the chief minister slot; however, final decision in this regard would be taken in the meeting of MPAs- elect. Asfandyar Wali Khan
President of ANP Senator Asfandyar Wali Khan Monday declared that Awami National Party would occupy the slot of chief ministership in the next government in Pakhtunkhwa being the single largest political entity emerged after the February 18 polls.
He informed that the special committee endorsed decisions of the party vis-a-vis formation of the government in the NWFP with PPPP, and issues settled during his meeting with Co-Chairman PPPP Asif Ali Zardari.
He maintained that nominating parliamentary head of the party in the NWFP Assembly was the prerogative of the new parliamentary party and it would take the decision about the same.
He clarified that the ANP and PPPP will work as coalition partners in the Centre and the province. The ANP will support the PPPP in the centre.
He further informed that both the parties have agreed on core issues of judiciary, law and order and provincial autonomy.
Asfandyar Wali Khan said, ANP and PPPP would form committees after his meeting with Asif Ali Zardari due on Tuesday (Feb 26) at Islamabad to chalk-out detailed strategy for the future set-up. He said his meeting with Zardari focused on important issues ie law and order, provincial autonomy, renaming of the province and settlement of judicial crisis through the parliament.
He opined that law and order problem in the frontier could be resolved through Pukhtoon traditional ‘Jirga’ system provided jirgas were given full powers.
He also called for political and economic reforms in the tribal areas to end the status quo. The President argued that judicial crisis could be ended by the parliament and made it clear that his party would not allow anyone to disgrace the judiciary.
In reply to a question, he said he would dwell upon various issues at a joint press conference to be addressed by Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and himself in coming two or three days.
He termed his meeting with the foreign envoys as routine matter, which usually took place with the winning parties after the polls. Therefore, such meetings should not be given wrong colour, he added.
In reply to a question, he said his party wanted establishment of friendly and cordial relations with all the neighbouring countries, as it believed that peace in region would have direct bearing on Pakistan.
Meanwhile, independent candidates from District Karak, Mian Nisar Gul and Amjad Afridi from Kohat formally announced their joining of ANP here at press conference addressed by ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan.
Speaking on the occasion, Mian Nisar said that as per the wishes of the people of his constituency and for the early resolution of their problems he has joined ANP.
Amjad Afridi another independent candidate from Kohat District said that he had joined ANP in 1997, however, he had to contest independently as the ANP did not award party ticket to him in the recently held polls. “After winning the elections I have again joined my parent party”, he said.
1- Asfandyar Wali Khan
2- Khuawaja Moh’d Khan Hoti
3- Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour
4- Basheer Ahmad Bilour
5- Haji Moh’d Adeel
6- Baaz Moh’d Khan
7- Syed Aqil Shah
8- Mian Iftikhar Hussain
9- Zahid Khan
10- Moh’d Afzal Khan
11- Afrasiab Khattak
12- Latief Afridi
13- Wajid Ali Khan
14- Naik Amal Khan
15- Zain Moh’d Khan
16- Zahira Bibi
17- Hashim Babar
18- Imran Afridi
19- Bushra Gowhar
20- Arbab Zahir
21- Rahman Ullah Khan
22- Arbab Hamayoun Khan
23- Jameela Gilani
24- Arbab Ayoub Jan
25- Setara Imran
26- Haider Khan Hoti
27- Basheer Khan Umarzi
29- Abdul Mateen Khan Advocate