PDM in immense shock as ANP pulls out of alliance


Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) on Tuesday announced to part ways with the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) after the former was served a show-cause notice over supporting PPP in the appointment of opposition leader in Senate.
“I being a vice president of the ANP announces to part ways with the PDM,” MNA Ameer Haider Hoti announced the decision in a presser saying that certain political groups have hijacked the opposition alliance. The opposition parties headed by PML-N have issued a show-cause notice to the PPP and ANP to explain their positions over deviating from the PDM’s decision to support the PML-N candidate as the opposition leader in the Senate.
Moreover, Leaders of the Awami National Party have withdrawn from the Pakistan Democratic Movement after show-cause notices were issued to the party to explain their actions during the recently held Senate polls.
The decision was announced by Ameer Haider Khan Hoti during a press conference in Peshawar. Houti, in his media briefing, noted that 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,” he said.
“And with what authority would one have served a show-cause notice?” he asked. Houti said such issues should have been taken up in a meeting of the PDM leadership. He said that it was expected from PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and General-Secretary Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that they would take decisions in their capacity as leaders of the alliance, not as members of the JUI-F and PML-N.
“We know why they have given us the show-cause notice Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Shah Owais Ahmed Noorani, and Abdul Ghafoor Haideri came to my home and we already provided them a clarification.
“For them to issue a show-cause notice nonetheless, can mean only one thing: they wish to harm our reputation,” Hoti said.
The ANP leader said that such a move “makes it very clear” that “two or three parties” wish to take the lead in all decision making.
“They consider ANP and PPP as obstacles in their way,” he added.
Hoti said that the party feels as if they have been “pushed against the wall”.
“A leader’s position is not one to be used to attack in such a manner,” he said, referring to Fazlur Rehman. “A leader gives everyone a chance and tries to resolve all differences between parties of an alliance,” Hoti added. He questioned what the hurry was in making such a move, when Fazlur Rehman is ill. “He could have waited till he felt better and convened a meeting,” said the ANP leader.