PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) will not attend the ANP-called All Parties Conference (APC) on terrorism, while PPP, PML-N, PML-Q, JUI-S and JUI-F have shown willingness to participate in the APC, going to be held tomorrow (Thursday) in Islamabad.

To take all the political and religious parties on board, the ANP contacted almost all the parties. The idea of the APC was initiated after the assassination of ANP senior leader and provincial minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour in December 2012. Bilour was killed in a suicide attack claimed by the militants.

Initially, JUI-F and JI refused to be a part of the APC. However, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan took it upon himself to persuade JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to attend the moot, who later agreed.

However, JI KPK decided not to participate in the APC on terrorism, and it was later also approved by the party central leadership, said JI Information Secretary Israrullah advocate. Why did not the ANP take this decision earlier, why does it decide to hold APC at a time when its government was going to expire soon. 

Similarly, the PTI, led by Imran Khan also turned down the request of the ANP to attend the APC. Provincial leader of the party Zahid Mohmand said that ANP and the government were not sincere so, it has been decided not to attend the conference.

The ANP has already announced that almost 25 political parties and organisations would attend the APC, which included PPP, JUI-S, PML-Q, PML-N, JUI-F, BNP-M, MQM, PKMAP, BNP-A, Sindh Awami Tehreek, Sunni Tehreek, JUP-S, Awami Workers Party (AWP) , Tehreek-e-Islami, Sindh United Party, Qaui Watan Party, JUP-Noorani and Hazara Democratic Party (HDP).