Haroon Janjua

ISLAMABAD - Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali claimed on Thursday that they are part of the joint opposition but without any political alliance.

Talking to The Nation, on the current political crisis in the country over Panama paper leaks, he said that Terms of Reference (ToRs) between the opposition and the government can be made possible on a ‘give and take’ formula.

“It is impossible to reach an agreement primarily finalizing ToRs without any flexibility from both the sides,” He said. Answering a question about ANP’s support to the government over Panama leaks , Asfandaryar said, our party supports “democracy, parliament, and constitution”.

In response to a question regarding the demand of resignation of PM Sharif, he argued, “We are not in favour of resignation and ANP will not support or be part of any blame game.”

Regarding the JUI-F chief Moulana Fazal ur Rehman’s meeting with him before departing to London to meet former president Zardari, and his efforts to break the opposition alliance in the wake of Panama papers, he said, “I think Moulana will enable to diffuse opposition on this issue, however, he wishes to crack the nine-party led opposition,” he stated.

“Corruption cannot be eliminated only by investigating Prime Minister Sharif and his family; it’s a national issue, infact a global matter. We are part of the opposition but we can’t make dictation and demand resignation without any investigations. We are playing our role and have our own policies,” the ANP chief said.

Criticising the PTI-led government in Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said, “People chanting the slogans of change are deceiving masses; actually they are playing blame game. We have brought numerous constitutional amendments in the PPP-led coalition government in strengthening of democracy.”  Commenting on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the ANP chief criticised the federal government and lauded CM Pervaiz Khattak for his stance over the CPEC western route.

“The CPEC western route has been granted one main road only and seems too short as compared to the eastern side of the CPEC with greater prospects for the eastern side,” he expressed.

He said that the killing of Mullah Mansour, in an American drone strike in Baluchistan has halted the reconciliation efforts. “The peace process now can be started once again as all previous efforts have gone in vain after killing of Afghan Taliban chief.

“Our delegation had met Afghan President Ghani in Kabul in November last to ease tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, ahead of the Heart of Asia meeting. We also urged PM Sharif to take benefit from the visit of senior leaders to Afghanistan and use the trip as a confidence building measure and defuse tension with Kabul”.

“We bring them on one table but the outcome was not positive. Still there is a room to improve bilateral relations between the two countries. The handing over of the check post to Afghan forces by Pakistan military is good initiative for the border management through mutual efforts,” he stated.