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ANP parts ways with PDM over show-cause notice row

The Awami National Party (ANP) decided to part ways with the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) following the issuance of a show-cause notice by the latter, announced the party’s senior vice president Ameer Haider Khan Hoti at a press conference on Tuesday.

“After receiving the show-cause notice, ANP’s political leadership has decided to part ways with the PDM,” Hoti stated.

Raining down on the anti-government alliance, Hoti said the, “PDM’s alliance has been hijacked by some political parties.”

“No one, except for ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, can send us a show-cause notice,” he asserted.

The ANP leader further maintained that if the PDM had any issues with the party, it could’ve asked for an explanation, not once but twice.

“We still proritise the agenda and policies decided earlier by the alliance,” he said, adding that if someone decided to pursue their personal agenda under the garb of the PDM, the ANP won’t be able to walk beside them.

Hoti asserted that the party preferred “ties on equal terms.”

He further said that the party consulted with its chief despite the fact that he was unwell, criticising PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif for not even calling him to inquire about his health.

The decision was taken after consultations with the federal and provincial leadership of the party, he added.

The news of the ANP’s decision had started doing the rounds moments before the party publicly announced it.

A source within the ANP told The Express Tribune that, the party would have had to face disciplinary action had it not responded to the notice within the stipulated deadline.

Referring to the criticism, the source pointed out that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had also sought votes from the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) in the Senate elections.

The decision, the source maintained, would further weaken the process of toppling the government and ousting Punjab government, Senate chairman, National Assembly speaker and the Senate opposition leader.

On Monday, the PDM served show-cause notices to two of its constituent parties – the PPP and the Awami National Party (ANP) – for seeking the support of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) – a part of the ruling coalition – for securing the coveted position of Senate opposition leader for Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Yusuf Raza Gilani.

PDM Secretary-General Shahid Khaqan Abbasi confirmed the development after attending a meeting of the 27 senators from the PDM parties – including the PML-N and the JUI-F – that have refused to accept Gilani as the Leader of the Opposition in Senate.

“Through the show-cause notices, the PDM has sought clarification from both the parties about seeking votes from the BAP,” said Abbasi, who belongs to the PML-N.

The ties among component parties turned sour after the PPP appointed its stalwart Gilani as the Senate opposition leader, apparently in violation of what had earlier been agreed upon in a PDM meeting.

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