Opposition parties Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat-e-Ulema-Islam (JUI-F) are irked after the Awami National Party (ANP) announced its separation from the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

The JUI-F and PML-N leaders reacted to the separation of ANP from PDM terming it “the most humiliating move in political history”.

JUI-F’s secretary-general Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri over the move said, “ANP and PPP’s actions have led to the world laughing at us.”

“Despite all this, we went and spoke to ANP’s leadership and they said the move was made based on friendly ties,” he added.

Haideri warned ANP it had made a “blatant” mistake after blaming PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for lacking leadership.

“ANP should not have blamed Fazlur Rehman,” Haideri said.

On the other hand, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said ANP had made several sacrifices for the cause of democracy.

“If Gilani would have come back to PDM after his loss as Senate chairman …. then Nawaz Sharif would not have turned down his request to become the Opposition leader,” she said.

ANP Central Senior Vice President Ameer Haider Khan Hoti said that an emergency meeting of the party was held today and the party’s central office bearers and key leaders attended and the agenda was a show-cause notice which has been served to the ANP.


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