ANP unconditional support to PPP

The Awami National Party (ANP) on Monday announced its ‘unconditional support’ to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s efforts to form a new government in Balochistan, whilst differences within the PPP over its chief ministerial candidate continued to reverberate throughout the day here.

The ANP would give the PPP unconditional support because it was being seen as the only party capable of uniting the federation, said ANP’s newly elected provincial assembly member (MPA) Zumruk Khan while addressing a press conference in the presence of key PPP leaders.

The ANP’s support does not necessarily have to be rewarded with ministries or perks, and the party would support the PPP whether it forms the government or remains on opposition benches, Khan added. PPP Balochistan President Lashkar Raisani welcomed the ANP.

ANP’s announcement of support came as timely good news for the PPP as the party faced an embarrassing situation at the same time — one of its senior leaders, Sadiq Umrani, nominated as PPP deputy parliamentary leader in the province, refused to accept the party’s decision.

Keen to be nominated the party’s parliamentary leader, Umrani has vocally opposed Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani’s nomination as the PPP chief ministerial candidate.

A news agency quoted Umrani as saying that Raisani was a ‘controversial’ figure who had disregarded the PPP regulations.

However, PPP provincial leaders refuted the report, saying that Umrani was supporting all the party’s decisions and there were no differences.

When Umrani was asked if he supported Raisani’s nomination, he responded with an emphatic, “no comment,” and walked away.

PPP central leader Syed Khurshid Shah told Daily Times that changing the parliamentary leader now was impossible now.

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