Forging partnerships: ANP, QWP seek alliance with JUI-F

Published: February 24, 2013

Leaders of the religious party remain divided over who to choose. PHOTO: FILE

SHABQADAR: 

As elections loom closer, different political parties are keen on forging alliances in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), a province that has long been the centre of religious and nationalist parties.

Presently, both the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) have shown interest in an electoral partnership with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in Charsadda. Needless to say, an association between either will, by its very nature, exclude the third.

Both ANP and QWP leaders are offering JUI-F one National Assembly seat and three provincial assembly seats. And while ANP is supporting its leader Asfandiyar Wali Khan from NA-7, the QWP is advocating its chief Aftab Sherpao from NA-8. Leaders of JUI-F, on the other hand, are split down the middle regarding who they want to ally themselves with. Some of the party’s leaders from NA-7 want to get affiliated with QWP, whereas those from NA-8 want to collude with the ANP.

ANP’s president for Charsadda district, Khalid Khan said his party was in negotiations with all other parties. In addition to a coalition with the JUI-F, there was also a possibility of ANP allying itself with QWP, he added. “There are no opponents in politics because yesterday’s enemy may be a friend today.”

JUI-F’s district leader and former MNA Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah said the decision to forge any alliance depended on JUI-F’s provincial body, adding that he would accept whatever decision is taken. Shah, however, claimed party leaders wanted to ally themselves with QWP and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

JUI-F’s general secretary for Charsadda, Fakhr-e-Alam said if the district is consulted, it is unlikely the party will agree to give up seats in NA-8, PK-20, PK-21 and PK-22 constituencies. “We have a strong position in all these areas, and the QWP wants to take all of them through an alliance.”

The PML-N is also optimistic about forging a partnership with JUI-F, and if this were to occur in Charsadda, it would hurt the QWP more than ANP.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Feb 24, 2013 - 8:39PM

    yesterday enemy today friend in politics

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  • Abdullah khan
    Feb 25, 2013 - 12:22AM

    An another words, Every thing is fair in LOVE , WAR & Politics. But Alliance of JUI with Muslim league in Charsadda will political Suicide for JUI in Charsadda, Alliance of JUI with ANP ,it will be suicide for ANP Because QWP will get Nationalist Votes , The people of Charsadda Saw both parties Rule in 21 century which brought nothing for the people of Charsadda. Alliance of Jui with QwP may have Chances For Gohar Shah and Aftab khan In NA seats but there will be less chances of Success in provincial Seats. And The best combination is ANP And QWP, chances of clean sweep is Bright , and there may be set back for All, if independent wealthy candidates can defeat All if they use Paisa, Just happened in SWABI 2008 Election, the defeat of Asfandyar khan Against a cigarette Manufacturer. The use of Money will play great role this time in charsadda

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  • Simple
    Feb 25, 2013 - 6:32AM

    I dont recommend ANP to form alliance with any party in charsadda. They can win on their own in charsadda as well as Mardan.

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  • Sohrab Khan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 12:56PM

    None of the parties will want to enter into an alliance with ANP which has exposed itself during its 5 year rule and brought misery to pakhtun people. JUI is making tall claims but the fact remains that it failed to win a single seat from charsadda in the 2008 elections. QWP is the strongest party in the district can easily win 1-2 National and 4-5 Provincial seats even without any alliance. If QWP offers 1 National and 1 Provincial to JUI it should definately take the deal.

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