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Widow of Haroon Bilour wins PA seat in by-elections

ISLAMABAD: The wife of an ANP leader killed in a Taliban suicide attack during campaigning won her husband’s provincial seat in by-elections as the ruling party of new Prime Minister Imran Khan retained its slim majority in parliament. Samar Bilour on Sunday won the provincial assembly seat in northwestern Khyber Pakthunkhwa province that her husband Haroon Bilour, a member of the Awami National Party, had been scheduled to contest in July. Haroon Bilour was killed along with 19 others in a suicide attack in Peshawar,…

Resolutions against Kalabagh dam submitted in Sindh, KP Assemblies

KARACHI: Voicing their opposition over widely-debated Kalabagh dam, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Awami National Party (ANP) on Monday submitted resolutions against the dam in Sindh Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, respectively, ARY News reported. Submitting the resolution on behalf of his party in the KP Assembly, parliamentary leader of the ANP Sardar Hussain Babak said "the controversial issue" of construction of Kalabagh dam should not be raised again and again. Babak suggested the government to…

Vote recount in PK-70 shifts crown from PTI to ANP

PESHAWAR: The vote recount in PK-70, Peshawar-5, has reversed the results, giving crown to ANP candidate Khush Dil Khan, which was earlier claimed by PTI leader Shah Farman. Awami National Party (ANP)’s candidate, Khush Dil Khan has been declared triumphant after recounting in PK-70. Initially, Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf candidate Shah Farman was declared the winner in PK-70 with a lead of 47 votes. However, after the ANP candidate demanded a recount, Khush Dil Khan was found leading the tally with 187 votes. Khush Dil…

‘Unfazed’ by attack, ANP vows to continue election campaign

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) has vowed to continue its election campaign despite deadly attack on its party leader Haroon Bilour in Peshawar on Tuesday. At least 21 people including ANP leader Haroon Bashir Bilour were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a corner meeting in Peshawar’s Yakatoot area. President ANP Asfandyar Wali Khan announced the resumption of election campaign after three days of mourning and peaceful protest. He underlined that real aim of his party is to win the elections…

Peshawar suicide blast death toll soars to 21

PESHAWAR: The death toll from Tuesday night’s suicide blast in Peshawar’s Yakatut area has soared to 21, according to health officials.  A Lady Reading Hospital spokesperson said at least 21 people died while 75 injured in the explosion that was the first incident of terrorism targeting the election campaign. Initially, the death toll was reported to be 13 but it rose to 21 overnight, according to the official. The deceased included Awami National Party (ANP) senior leader and provincial assembly candidate for PK-78…

MQM, ANP agree on electoral alliance: reports

KARACHI: In an expected electoral grouping, Mutahidda Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and Awami National Party have reportedly agreed to put aside their differences and form an alliance in the upcoming general elections. According to reports, the reconciliation between the two rival parties reached through backdoor negotiations among the party seniors. ANP Spokesperson Abdul Malik Achakzai is quoted as saying that there have been negotiations between MQM-P and ANP for the past few months. “We have principally agreed to make an…

A Saturday of Political Rallies in Karachi

KARACHI: This weekend in Karachi kicks off with three simultaneous political gatherings as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Awami National Party (ANP) gearing up to hold political rallies in the metropolis today (Saturday). The rallies being organized to remember the people killed in May 12, 2007 violence in the metropolis, will be a rehearsal of the parties to mobilize their workers for the upcoming general elections, likely to be held in the end of July this year. PPP preparations…

Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated today in parts of KP

CHARSADDA: Despite efforts were made to shatter a trend of celebrating two Eids in the country, residents in some parts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) are celebrating Eid on Sunday. Last day in absence of controversial cleric Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai, head of a local committee for moon sighting, most of the people were of opinion that residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the FATA might hold Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations with rest of the country. However, in his absence the committee meeting was chaired by Maulana Abdul Latif…

WATCH: ANP leader says ‘Charas is a drug of saints’

ISLAMABAD: Senior politician and Awami National Party (ANP) leader Shahi Syed on Friday said that politicians and leaders who consume alcohol should be awarded death penalty, ARY News reported. Speaking to a reporter, the ANP leader however termed 'Charas' (hashish form of Cannabis) "drug of saints".