The Awami National Party’s decision to dissolve all of its organizations at all levels is a bold decision. Their failure to gain the voters confidence in the 2013 elections was seen as a harsh, but necessary rebuke, for a party with an established ideological manifesto, but an abysmal record to deliver. The basic structure and appointment system of the party are set to undergo review. At the very beginning, the party must be appreciated in humbly admitting that it's failures are it's own. Such introspection, and the corrective measures that will arise from it, are sure to make the party a stronger contender for the future.

Reflection of party members' and Asfandyar Wali’s assurance that the process will be transparent will revive confidence in workers and, and perhaps the PPP might do well to adopt the process also. Simple measures, such as secret ballots and an electoral commission composed of members that do not wish to hold public office, are basic but necessary assurances of the ANP leadership’s will to reenergize the structure of the party. ANP must resist the temptation to give in to recommendations inspired by nepotism and vested interests.

Although, keeping in character with Pakistan's national politics, a report compiled by ANP itself could not resist laying the blame for electoral defeat at the feet of "biased" polling staff and "conspiracies hatched" against the party. The announcement of restructuring has been made because even the party realises that such allegations will do nothing to correct the problem that the ANP is trying to solve. Instead of resorting to petty blame games, the ANP should keep its goal in sight and ensure that a repeat of the 2013 elections does not happen again.

The victory of Ghulam Ahmed Bilour in the by-elections, was also a result of his contesting elections as a joint candidate for both the PPP and the ANP, to counter the support for PTI. Skeptics are forced to wonder whether Mr Bilour would have won a seat without the additional support. With his abysmal track record as Railway Minister and a history of inflammatory remarks, one can only wonder whether the ANP will be going back to its roots, or will opt for the path of pragmatism instead. Bringing back party stalwarts with dubious records, instead of parsing the ranks in search for new talent will defeat well-meaning attempts to instill transparency and justice in the party system. The nation will observe with interest the ANP's efforts to evolve into a more accountable, and consequently more effective party in Pakistani national politics.