Friday, February 10, 2012
ANP Has Refused Ticket For Senate Election To Begum Nasim Wali Khan
Finally the Awami National Party has refused party ticket to veteran party leader Begum Nasim Wali Khan, spouse of late party President Khan Abdul Wali Khan, without giving any reason.
Sources in the Awami National Party apprised of the final list of the party candidates who would contest the upcoming Senate elections from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. Giving details of the candidates whose names were finalised by the ANP Board under the chair of Senator Afrasyab Khattak, the sources said that on general seats three candidates including the brother of Begum Nasim Wali Khan and father of incumbent Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa Azam Khan Hoti, ANP Sindh Chapter President Shahi Syed and Baz Mohammad Khan were fielded while on women seats Ms Zahida Khan, on technocrats seats Ilyas Bilour while against the minorities seat Amar Jeet Malhotara was fielded as candidate.
Sources in the party said that the name of Begum Nasim Wali Khan was dropped out from the list of the candidates mainly on health grounds, as the lady was too old to play an active role in the Upper House of the Parliament and it was the consensus view of the selection board which held a series of meetings in this connection under the head of ANP Senator Afrasiyab Khattak.
Begum Nasim Wali Khan was inactive in politics for past few years since the time she lost the elections for the slot of party President at the hands of her stepson, Asfanyar Wali Khan, and later on her loyalists in the party were also sidelined.
Sources in the party said that it was the consensus view of the senior party leadership that the entry of Begum Nasim Wali Khan would not go well with the party’s unity as Begum Nasim Wali Khan still enjoyed strong support among the ranks and files in the party and her group in the party or those who did not agree with the policies of Asfandyar Wali Khan would rally round her as an alternate choice.