ANP gives one-month deadline to Sindh govt
Karachi: The Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh on Sunday issued a one-month deadline to the provincial government to meet the party’s demands. ANP warned that if its demands were not met within the stated time period, it would decide on whether it would remain part of what many believe is a fragile coalition government in the province.
During a meeting of the party’s provincial working committee at the Bacha Khan Centre, the ANP expressed no confidence in the ruling Pakistan People’s Party.
ANP’s Sindh President Shahi Syed said that despite the party’s unconditional support to the provincial government, it had been ignored and development schemes in the Pakhtun areas of the province completely neglected.
The provincial working committee also suggested staging a demonstration in front of the Karachi Press club every Friday until the government fulfils promises made to complete development projects in the Pakhtoon areas, the ANP Sindh president added.
He warned that if the government failed to address the issues of the ANP, the party would be free to make its own decisions. Syed added that all decisions would be taken according to the party’s constitution.
The party also demanded the deployment of the military for the population and housing census and also urged people to come forth and personally fill out the relevant census forms. He also accused the census staff of being biased and added that it is not conducting its duties in professional manner.
Syed urged the government to take serious notice of negligence towards Pakhtoon-speaking areas.
He alleged that a particular political party was favoured over others during the census. The ANP Sindh president said that the staff responsible for the census must display official cards, suggesting that officers who failed to do so should be handed over to thepolice.
Syed also announced certain decisions and recommendations of the ANP’s provincial working committee. The committee also gave the green signal to the party’s membership campaign from April 15 to August 15, the ANP Sindh President informed the media.
Syed also said that the committee allowed a few amendments to ANP Sindh’s constitution and that party decisions would be taken in a more transparent fashion. He added that the party elections would be held according to the new changes.
The election commission would also look over the new membership process, according to the party’s constitution. Aurangzeb Khan Yousufzai was appointed the Chairman of the Election Commission and would be assisted by four other members of the party. The ‘appeal board’ would comprise of three other members of the committee, said Syed.
Before holding party elections at the provincial level, ANP would conduct polls on the ward and zonal levels.
The meeting was attended by Provincial vice president, Aurangzeb Khan Yousufzai, Senior Vice president Sindh, Haji Asmat Ullah Khan, Central Labour Secretary, Rana Gul Afridi, Acting General Secretary, Advocate Altaf Khan, Labour Minister Sindh, Ameer Nawab Khan, zonal heads, general secretaries, members of provincial working committee and others.
APP adds: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said the policy of reconciliation will be pursued in the light of the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, the provincial information minister said the Awami National Party (ANP) was a coalition partner of the government which wanted to take along all the coalition partners.
Sharjeel Inam Memon said the reservations of the ANP had been removed in the past. “We will remove the ANP’s misunderstandings in the future too.”
Source: The News