LG result aftermath: ANP accuses PTI of horse-trading

We have 16 members and have all the right to form our district government

Muhammad Sadaqat June 26, 2015
Newly-election tehsil Councillor joins ANP. PHOTO: EXPRESS


A day after the local government results were announced, parties across the province expedited preps to form governments in the districts. Amid the war of words between the ruling coalition and the opposition, Awami National Party Torghar chapter has slapped allegations of horse-trading on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, ANP Torghar President Syed Shehzad Shah said with support from Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, his party had established a legitimate majority in the district council following the May 30 polls. “The party that has been crying foul over transparency is hell-bent on buying out our mandate. We have 16 members and have all the right to form our district government.” Shah said the two allies aim to form a government in Kandar tehsil with five members in the house of eight and also seal the deal in Judba.

“ANP has always come to the aid of Torghar,” he said, adding the party that won only three seats would be wiped out of the district.

PTI leader Zahid Khan claimed independents Sahib Anwar from Jhataka union council, Advocate Noor Muhammad Khan from Shangaldar UC, Shamzad Khan from Nambal Akazai UC and Tazar Khan from Bartoni UC have filled and submitted PTI’s membership forms with the returning officer, increasing its count to 7 in the district council of 16.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2015.