ANP senators file adjournment motion against Imran

PESHAWAR: Three Senators of Awami National Party (ANP) have submitted an adjournment motion against PTI Chief Imran Khan over his statement for the opening of Taliban office in Peshawar.
The motion has been filed in the Senate by Haji Adeel, Zahid Khan and Afrasiab Khattak.
The Senators said that Imran Khan’s statement was violative of the constitution and action should be taken against him under Article 6 of the constitution. - INP

ANP slams delay in setting up PA committees

PESHAWAR: Parliamentary Leader of ANP, Sardar Hussain Babak on Wednesday expressed concern over delay in constituting of provincial assembly committees. 

Speaking at the KP assembly, he said in the assembly proceedings a number of questions are referred to house committees, but there exist no committee.
This practice reflects non-serious attitude of government in proper function of this august house, he alleged. Babak said on the one hand chief minister has appointed 32 parliamentary secretaries, but on the other hand there is no house committee. 
Babak raised the issue when the house agreed in referring of a question asked by Malik Riaz Khan to concerned committee. The question pertained to appointment of a class four employee in Bannu distirct. 
Replying to the objection, Provincial Minister Sardar Ayub clarified the parliamentary committees chairmen are working on voluntarily basis without getting any perk and privilege. 
The appointment of 32 parliamentary sectaries and their functioning will have no burden on the national exchequer, he added. 
In reply to a call attention notice of Amna Sardar about delay in bringing legislation on Acid and Burn Crime, Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Israrullah Gandpur apprised the house that the crime has been made part of Pakistan Penal Code and therefore there is no need of bringing any bill in the house in this connection. 
Earlier, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Israrullah Gandapur Wednesday informed the provincial assembly that three persons have been arrested in kidnapping case of two girls in Peshawar and inquiry has been completed in the case.
Presenting report over kidnapping of girls from Hassan Gari area who were allegedly kept by the attackers at an empty house at Shami road, provincial minister informed the house that three persons have been arrested in the case and one is absconding. 
MPA Uzma Khan had raised the issue in the house on Tuesday and demanded strict action over the incident. Treasury had held out assurance of presenting detailed report of the case in the house on Wednesday. 
In the FIR, he continued, four persons were charged on the basis of statement of kidnapped girls after which police succeeded in arresting three and the fourth one is absconding.
He said the two sisters (14) and 7 years, were kidnapped on Sept 2, 2013 and were found unconscious outside their house on September 4. The girls were rushed to Khyber Teaching Hospital for treatment and were able  to record statement on 6th of September.

Fazl terms Baradar’s release a positive step

PESHAWAR: The JUI-F chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman welcoming the decision of the Pakistan government to release Mullah Baradar Wednesday said it was a positive step for reconciliation in Afghanistan.
In a statement here Wednesday, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the release of Taliban leaders would give strength and encourage to Afghan Taliban to take the process of dialogue forward. He said Mullah Baradar is an important leader of Afghan Taliban and Pakistan should extend its hand of cooperation to revive the stalled dialogue.
The JUI-F chief said Pakistan played maximum role for the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan and pointed out that the success of dialogue in Afghanistan would have direct bearings on peace and security of Pakistan.
Pakistan will release former Afghan Taliban second-in-command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, as soon as this month to help advance peace efforts in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.
Baradar is one of the four men who founded the Taliban movement in 1994, and is believed to be a close aide and one of the most trusted commanders of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban. He was captured from the port city of Karachi in February, 2010.
Afghanistan has been pushing Pakistan to release former Baradar, whose release they believe would prove fruitful in negotiations with Taliban militants prior to the withdrawal of US and Nato forces from the war-torn nation.

ANP to hold intra-party polls

PESHAWAR: The ANP has decided to launch the membership drive as earlier possible and conclude the election process before the 31st of March, 2014. 
A formal meeting of the National Youth organisation of ANP was held here at Bacha Khan Markaz in Peshawar, jointly presided by party leaders Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Haroon Bilour while former MNA Bushra Gohar attended the meeting on special invitation. - INP

Senator Baz Muhammad appointed interim central general secretary

PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of ANP has decided the convening of a crucial meeting of the Central Election Commission of the party on September 7, at Bacha Khan Markaz at 11:00 A.M.
All provincial chairmen of the election commission, all former provincial presidents and former central secretary general, Ihsan Wayen would also be invited to the meeting.
The decision of convening the meeting of the Central Election Commission was taken in meeting held here chairman, Central Election Commission ANP, Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel in the chair.
Those who attended were included Senator Baz Mohammad Khan, ex. MNA Bushra Gohar, chairman, provincial election commission, Bashir Khan Matta, member, provincial election commission KP, Aimal Wali Khan, secretary general provincial election commission, Jamila Gilani, Saddruddin Marwat, Jaffar Shah Khan and Nimroz Khan.
The meeting will hold detailed discussion on the notification issued by party chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan and approved by the think-tank of the party regarding the implementation of new membership and holding of transparent and impartial intra-party polls.
The proposed meeting will also guide the provinces in making amendments in their respective constitutions in light of the central constitution to remove controversial clauses from their constitution.
Besides, it will also discuss the constitution of election commission at district, union council, branch and wards levels in the province and its implementation. Similarly, it will also present proposals on need for holding impartial and transparent polls for the promotion of membership forms for the growth of the party.
The meeting stressed party workers for making more efforts among women and non-Muslim Pakistanis regarding membership drive and also sent the message that notorious or those remained in illegal acts in past, should also be kept away from the new membership drive.
Meanwhile, Interim President of ANP and Chairman Central Election Commission Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel has appointed Senator Baz Muhammad Khan as member of Central Election Commission and Acting Central General Secretary of the party.
Prior to his new responsibilities Senator Baz Muhammad Khan served as Senior Vice President of ANP KP and Chairman Provincial Election Commission of the party.
Senator Zahid Khan has been appointed central Spokesman for the party by the interim President Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel.
It merits a mention here that Asfandyar Wali Khan in his capacity as President of the party three days back had dissolved all the organisational structure of the party at national and provincial levels in the country and appointed an eleven member committee to oversee the party elections to be held for different tiers.
The entire election process will complete by March 2014.
The ANP' s organizational structure dissolved in the light of the report of the committee constituted to probe the factors leading to party's dismal performance in the May elections.
President of Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Wali Khan Saturday announced dissolution of the party organisations at all levels across the country in the light of a report of the fact finding committee.
Addressing a press conference in Wali Bagh, Charsadda, Asfandyar said the party would go through a massive reorganisation in the light of a fact-finding report on the May 11 elections in which ANP suffered a massive defeat.
The ANP chief announced that an interim committee has been formed until intra-party elections were held in February 2014.
He added that new office bearers would be elected through secret ballots.
The ANP chief said his party had accepted the results of the general elections despite rigging allegations for the sake of democracy. Wali further said that the ANP's election campaign was hampered by terrorism. - APP

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