CHARSADDA: Former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti was elected as the Awami National Party (ANP) provincial president on Tuesday.
The provincial elections were held at Asfandyar Wali Khan’s home at Wali Bagh, in Charsadda on Tuesday.
Around 426 ANP provincial members took part in the elections under Bahser Khan Matta who was appointed as the election commissioner.
Polling was held for the posts of information secretary, vice president for Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and four joint secretaries along with the provincial president and general secretary posts.
Former K-P Chief Minister and MNA Amir Haider Khan Hoti was elected unopposed as the ANP provincial president, while former K-P Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain was elected unopposed as the General Secretary.
Asfnadyar Wali Khan’s son, Aimal Wali Khan was elected as the party’s provincial deputy general secretary and former minister Syed Aqil Shah was elected as the senior vice president.
Those elected for the posts of vice president were Bashir Bilour’s son Haroon Bilour, former minister Ayub Ashari, Nimroz Khan Sitara Ayaz and others.
Former student leader and singer of Ghani Khan national anthems Basher Pukhtonyar of Shabqadar was elected as culture secretary.
Former deputy speaker K-P Assembly Khushdel Khan was elected as finance secretary while Sardar Hussain Babak was elected as the information secretary.
The recent party elections took place after a fact finding committee advised the dissolution of the party’s central and provincial cabinet, after defeat in May 2013 elections.
The current membership drives were started in October 2013 but were delayed when ANP leader Asfandyar Wali’s step mother and former party provincial president Begum Naseem revolted against him and formed their own party, ANP Wali.
Although ANP Wali created hurdles for ANP, the party succeeded in keeping all of its leaders, especially those who won the elections in the 2008 and 2013 elections.