Peshawar: The central council of the Awami National Party on Tuesday amended
the party’s constitution and removed the ban on contesting election for any
party office for the third consecutive time.
The central council, presided over by Asfandyar Wali, met at the Chief
Minister’s House. Six hundred members of the central council, the supreme body
of the party, from across the country attended the meeting. The council also
empowered Asfandyar Wali to nominate an election committee for conducting the
The council discussed the party’s membership drive, its election and other
organisational matters. The meeting decided to launch three-month membership
drive across the country from April 15. It was decided that by the end of
October, the election process including provincial and central elections would
Speaking on the occasion, Asfandyar Wali dilated upon the political situation in
the country and highlighted the party’s stance on various issues.
Meanwhile, talking to a private TV channel Asfandyar Wali said ANP had always
supported and struggled for independence of judiciary, but judicial activism was
not acceptable. He said his party would stand up against any state institution
that exceeded its constitutional domain. Party chief said that they were not in
favour of confrontation among state institutions, as the country would make
progress only when all the institutions worked within their constitutional
Central President reiterated that ANP would continue to struggle against
militancy and extremism come what may. He said the country was faced with the
challenges of terrorism and worsening economic situation and all the political
forces must join hands to pull it out of the crises.
Highlighted the successes of the Awami National Party during its three-year in
coalition government, he said the party had achieved three important demands
that included new name for the province, provincial autonomy and National
Finance Commission award.