Asfandyar Wali Khan re-elected as ANP chief

Reports confirmed that the central council of the Awami National Party (ANP) has concluded their party elections. Asfandyar Wali Khan was selected party president for the fourth consecutive term. He was voted the party leader unanimously for the next four
years by a 600-member committee at a meeting held at the Chief Minister’s House in Peshawar.

Muhammad Adeel and Ihsan Wayne were re-elected as senior vice-president and general secretary, respectively. Hashim Babar was elected as finance secretary, Tajuddin Khan will serve as additional secretary general while Nawabzada Mohsin Ali Khan will serve
as the deputy general secretary.

Zahid Khan was elected as information secretary, Dr Haider Ali as foreign affairs secretary, Asmatullah Khan as culture secretary and Rana Gul Afridi will serve as labour secretary.

While talking to the council members, the ANP chief stressed that restoration of peace remains ANP’s prime objective.

He asserted that the Mohmand Agency incident was a direct violation of the country’s sovereignty, which will be strongly condemned and further added that the United Nations must take notice of the incident, which is a direct violation of its charter.

He reiterated that the role of NATO and International Security Assistance Force was limited to Afghanistan under the UN Charter and they had no authority whatsoever to breech others’ aerospace territories.

The ANP chief thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for upholding the Pakhtuns’ identity. He said provincial autonomy under the 18th Amendment and scrapping the Kalabagh dam project were ‘landmark achievements’.

Mr. Wali praised the reforms introduced in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and demanded further advancements in that regard. “Peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan was inter-linked and both countries should ensure that their lands are not used against each
other”, he added.

He asserted that ANP is the only national party with people’s welfare on top priority in their manifesto and thus far that objective has been achieved with profound success.