PESHAWAR - The Awami National Party (ANP) Chief Asfandyar Wali has asked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to bring amendment in local government Act and announced re-elections across the province under a caretaker set up.

He was addressing a press conference at the resident of Haji Ghulam Bilour on Wednesday. ANP senior leaders Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Haider Khan Hoti and large number of party workers were also present on the occasion.

“No elections can be held with complete transparency under the incumbent government,” the ANP leader said. The ANP leader said that they are in contact with all political parties regarding re-polling in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Asfandyar Wali added that when there was rigging in Punjab, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) blamed the provincial government and now there is rigging in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but they are blaming the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He said that it was responsibility of the provincial government to maintain law and order situation in the elections and blaming election commission was an illogical and baseless allegation.

His statement came a day after the PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced that they are ready to hold re-elections under the army’s supervision in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s constituencies where allegations of poll rigging were made by opposition parties. On May 30, the local government elections were held across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, different political parties alleged that rigging, mass irregularities and mismanagement took place in the elections. They also alleged that PTI government used the state machinery to win the elections.

Asfandyar Wali also strongly condemned the arrest of the ANP’s Central General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain and said that they will take revenge of it.  He said that Mian Iftikhar Hussain was arrested on 3:10am in the night while the FIR was registered after two hours of the arrest.


Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) General Secretary Hashim Babar has said that reports of mismanagement and rigging surfaced from almost all districts during local government (LG) elections and demanded the provincial government to declare the polls null and void and announce re-election across the province.

In a statement issued from QWP Secretariat, Watan Kor, on Tuesday, Hashim said that tall claims of the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to hold free and fair elections have been exposed owing to mismanagement and irregularities and deliberate interference of police at polling stations on election day. Incidents of killing, insufficient security arrangements, appointment of untrained staff by Election Commission of Pakistan plus printing of extra ballot papers indicate that the ruling party and their allies were not interested in holding transparent elections in the province, he criticized. Commenting on Imran Khan’s statement, Hashim said that the ruling party should have done homework on election preparedness ahead of the polls, adding that during the polls the government institutions as well as political parties had spent billions of rupees.

PTI chief should make it clear who would be held responsible- the ruling party or election commission- for these financial as well as human losses, he questioned.

He said that QWP Chief Aftab Ahmad Khan has directed contesting candidates of all districts and other office bearers to submit detailed report about alleged rigging and mismanagement to the Election Analysis Committee headed by Secretary Information Tariq Ahmad Khan and the party would disclose its future strategy after recommendations by the committee.