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ANP parts ways with PDM

The ANP has quit the PDM after it was issued a show-cause notice by the opposition alliance for supporting PPP’s Yousuf Raza Gillani for the Senate opposition leader’s slot.

“I withdraw myself from the PDM as its vice-president, Mian
Iftikhar withdraws himself as PDM’s spokesperson [and] Zahid Khan withdraws
himself from the PDM as its deputy general secretary,” ANP leader Ameer Haider Hoti
said at a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The ANP leader said the PDM can’t be called an alliance.
“The ANP is withdrawing itself from this process,” he said.

The PDM issued show-cause notices to the PPP and ANP over
Gillani’s appointment as the Senate opposition leader, PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan
Abbasi confirmed Monday.

The two parties deviated from the policy of the opposition
alliance, according to the former premier.

“You got the opposition leader’s seat by borrowing
people from treasury benches,” Abbasi had said. “This is against the PDM’s
manifesto, its narrative.”

The PPP had Gillani appointed the Senate opposition leader
with the help of the ANP and the Balochistan Awami Party — an ally of the
ruling PTI.

It upset other political parties in the PDM, especially the
PML-N.

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