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Awami National Party part ways with PDM

Angered by the show-cause notice, Awami National Party (ANP) on Tuesday announced to part ways with Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – an 11-party opposition alliance.

Sources told that the ANP leadership held consultations over the matter after which the party decided it was time to part ways with the 10-party alliance.

It is pertinent to mention here that the ANP had expressed resentment for being served show cause notice by the PDM for violating rules designated by the opposition alliance.

Later, addressing a press conference after the meeting, ANP senior vice president Ameer Haider Khan Hoti said matters pertaining to the show cause notice were reviewed in the meeting.

Hoti while announcing to quit his Vice President position in the PDM said that the ANP will quit all positions from the opposition alliance.

He went on to say that even today the ANP supports the principles of the charter and will continue political journey on the same principles, adding that the success of movement also put pressure on the selectors.

The ANP leader further said that the long march had been postponed due to the differences over resignations, adding that the ANP was of the view that the long march would be ineffective without unanimous resignations and the PDM meeting unanimously decided to postpone the long march.

“We know why the ANP was served show cause notice,” he said and added the ANP was being pushed to the wall. “Only party chief Asfandyar Wali has the right to seek answer from the party leadership, while the PPP had reservations over the issue of leader of opposition in Senate.”

Hoti said: “The PTI and the JUI-F have joined hands to give the PPP a tough time in Larkana. Of course, this should also have been explained, but neither should a show-cause notice have been served to PML-N or Maulana Fazlur Rehman.”

PML-N spokesperson  Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was formed by ten parties for a larger purpose against the government and although they respect ANP’s decision, they were saddened by the announcement.


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