Infighting: ANP straining at the seams

Published: December 8, 2010

Haji Bilour resents party’s decision to allow Asfandyar Wali to run for office for 4th time

ISLAMABAD: A tug-of-war has started in the Awami National Party (ANP) over the post of party’s president as its constitution has once again been amended against the wishes of the group led by Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour to allow Asfandyar Wali to contest for the post for a fourth consecutive term, an insider told The Express Tribune.

Wali was re-elected as ANP president three years ago after an amendment was made in the party’s constitution to remove the clause that barred him from running for the office for a third time.

Wali, whose third term will end in April 2011, has now been allowed to contest for the top slot for a fourth time running. Not only that, he is now eligible to contest for this office for as many terms as he deems necessary.

However, another ANP stalwart Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour is not happy with the decision of the central committee as he was lobbying to replace Wali as the party president.

Bilour, the incumbent central vice-president of the party, reportedly told his supporters in the ANP that the amendment in the party’s constitution was undemocratic. Making amendments in the party’s constitution for an individual would destroy ANP’s image, he told his supporters.

Azam Khan Hoti, the father  of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti, who was also a contender for the party top slot, was however happy that the chances of Bilour becoming ANP’s chief have been diminished due to the amendment in the ANP constitution,  an insider told The Express Tribune.

Wali told the central committee meeting last month that he was no more interested in running for the office as he had already achieved what was necessary for the province – a reference to his party’s struggle to have the province renamed as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Another reason that he had cited was the constitutional hitch that barred him from contesting for the office for a fourth time.

Wali’s remarks resulted in an emotional situation in the central committee, the insider said. His loyalists, including Shahi Syed, Senator Nabi Bakhsh and Mian Iftikhar Hussain, while addressing the meeting said that the ANP and Pakhtuns still needed Wali Khan’s son to lead them.

They recommended removal of the constitutional provision that puts a limit on the number of the terms one person could run for the top office of the party.

Wali responded by saying he had no option but to accept the advice of the party leadership in the greater interest of the ANP and Pakhtuns. “I feel that I am being forced by the party leaders and poor Pakhtuns to accept the proposal,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Dec 8, 2010 - 10:20AM

    Democratic party, ya rite!!!!!!

    All Parties, who boast that they are the last hope for democracy, are run by life time Presidents/Chairperson & that’s usually hereditary.

    Look at Mr. Khan, changing name of the province was his only priority, now that’s done he is all satisfied. Has the name change helped his people? Has it helped put food on their table or get them employment or have made their lives save or have given their children hope for education or better future?

    I Think Not.

    This is a farce.

    All Hail Democracy!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Ahsanullah Mehsud
    Dec 8, 2010 - 10:52AM

    well done keep it up . the ones who always stood against the feudal system is himself practicing feudalism.Recommend

  • Muhammad Sajjad
    Dec 8, 2010 - 2:29PM

    What a logic ah, Son of Wali said that for the larger intrests of poor pakhtuns, i have accepted the demands of fellow partymen to run for the President Ship of ANP for the 4th consecitive term. And he further say that i have achived what was needed for the people of province.

    Pakistani masses are really just a flock of animals. What ever tell them and they will accept. Mr. Asfandyar, Pakhtuns need the following not KPK.
    Education. Pakhtuns need far more educational institutions than the rest of the provinces. Look at the people of Punjab, their well off people have established schools, colleges, universities, what have ANP done in this field for Pakhtuns. Zero + Zero.
    Health. Again i will ask these so call champions of Pakhtun rights to go and see even in small cities of punjab, the hospitals established by well of ordinary punjabis and are free for poor people. visit citis like Gujranwal, Sialkot, Fisalabad etc even okara. What have done in this field.
    Industry. Poor or Poor. Factories like Charsadda Sugar Mills and Paper Mills stands closed for the last 3 decades. Had ANP were really safeguarding the needs of Pakhtuns, they could have played role in reviving the closed units and the establishement of new ones. Because industry needs skilled and educated people and would have aroused the desire among the common people to accquire skills and education. These are only a few ones.
    Bilour and co must put pressure by arranging demostrations (peacefull) against his relection for the rest of his life. I must say Jaag Pakhtun Jaap against ANP.
    Recommend

  • Babruk
    Dec 8, 2010 - 3:08PM

    why are all these people so power hungry. let others also serve, don’t be so altruistic!Recommend

  • I A Khan
    Dec 8, 2010 - 3:19PM

    These are the so called ‘Saviours of democracy’. Glad to hear Mr. Hoti has achieved his target for ‘his people’Recommend

  • Bashir A. Malik
    Dec 8, 2010 - 3:55PM

    Patriotism (Read Pashtunkhwa not Pakistan) is the last resort of a scounderal (politician).Recommend

  • Tahir
    Dec 8, 2010 - 4:32PM

    What the heck?
    he had already achieved what was necessary for the province – a reference to his party’s struggle to have the province renamed as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa“.
    What a load of crap. It makes my blood boil.Recommend

  • Dec 8, 2010 - 5:02PM

    War between Bilours and Asfandyar family is taking its toll.
    Bilours were unhappy over the nomination of Haider Khan Hoti, Nephew of Asfandyar Wali as CM .
    A split in ANP is possible due to this.Recommend

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