PESHAWAR – Awami National Party (ANP) will call an All Parties Conference (APC) in Islamabad next week to evolve a joint strategy to combat the menace of terrorism.

The ANP, which has suffered too much in the ongoing war on terror, is confident to receive a positive response from all the politico-religious parties to attend the conference. It is the best opportunity to take the country’s top leadership on board to develop consensus-based approach on the issue of terrorism and evolve a strategy to counter it.

Talking to TheNation, ANP, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Secretary Information, Malak Mustafa, confirmed that ANP would convene APC on terrorism. In this connection, various committees, consisting of central and provincial leadership of the party, have been formed and tasked to contact leadership of different parties.

He hoped that leadership of all the parties would participate in the conference, which is going to take place on single point agenda ‘terrorism and how to counter it’. The leadership would discuss as how to bring peace back to the country. 

The ANP-convened APC would be held in Islamabad soon after contacting politico-religious leadership. “We have already been in touch with some of them” he informed. Besides, ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan would call on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to extend them invitation.

While, a committee headed by Federal Minister for Railways Hji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour would meet top leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Jamaiti Ulamai Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) in couple of days to formally invite them to the conference, Malak Mustafa said.

Moreover, another committee comprising Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and Senator Azam Hoti has been tasked to invite PML-N and PML-Q to the APC, while ANP’s Senators Haji Adeel and Afrasyab Khattak would also contact leaders of other parties.

The ANP has time and again underlined the need for evolving a joint strategy to combat the menace of terrorism. Besides, its leadership has termed it a great threat to existence of the country. ANP’s senior leader Bashir Ahmed Bilour’s assassination has virtually shattered the ANP, with which he remained affiliated for over 40 years.

Bashir Ahmad Bilour has been killed in a suicide attack at Dakki Nalbandi after attending his party public meeting on December 22 last. Not only this, ANP which has been ruling the KPK since 2008, strongly opposed militants acts, for which, about 700 workers of the ANP have been killed so far, including three of its lawmakers of the KPK assembly.