ANP accuses establishment of influencing elections

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar

Singing to the tune of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, the Awami National Party (ANP) has also accused the establishment of influencing the electionn2018 results saying, “aliens” came and had their favorites win the elections”. The ANP also went for province-wide strike on Monday against the polls results and what it termed massive rigging in the 2018 elections.
“We know who is behind this rigging,” the ANP chief Asfandyar Wali said while addressing the protestors in Charsadda, adding “on the day of voting, “aliens” came and had their favorites win the elections.
Wali said the ANP workers worked day and night to make these elections successful hence we won’t forgo our right at any cost. He, however, said ANP is the follower of Bacha Khan’s philosophy of non-violence.
Wali alleged that when his daughter asked for Form-45, she was told to “worry about her honour”. He said there was no point in recounting as the ballot boxes had been filled with “bogus” votes.
Earlier On the ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, the party workers staged protest demonstrations across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the alleged rigging in the July 25 General Elections.
The main protest gathering was held in Charsadda participated by ANP supporters in large numbers. Similarly demonstrations were held in other parts of the province including Mardan, Peshawar, Bajaur, Swabi, Noshehra, Bannu and other districts where the participants demanded re-election and alleged that the July 25 General Elections were held to support one party. They termed the elections as “ selection”.
It may be recalled that the ANP that ruled the province as a result of 2008 general elections, was marginalized in 2018 polls where it could hardly bag six provincial assembly seats and a lone NA seat that too with a very small margin. So much so, that the Party chief Asfandyar Wali also lost his NA seat in his hometown and Party’s stronghold Charsadda.

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