ISLAMABAD - President of Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Wali Khan on Thursday said that ANP would not support any unconstitutional step.

Talking to media after the party’s consultative body meeting here, Asfanyar Wali said the constitution clearly elaborates powers of every institution and hoped that no institution would overstep its authority. “If any such thing happens, ANP would strongly oppose it,” he added. He said that due to internal and external situation, the country could not afford political destabilisation and in present circumstances ANP’s top priority was to defuse any possible confrontation.

Replying to a question, he said there is no ‘point of no return’ in politics and there is always room for negotiation, adding that the democratic system would continue in the country. He also offered mediation to defuse the possible standoff between the civilian govt and the establishment. He vowed to continue support of the govt mired in numerous crises.

Replying to a question regarding the resolution to repose confidence in President Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, the ANP chief said the party will read the draft first, if any such resolution was produced. When asked about the sacking of the Defence Secretary by the PM Gilani, Asfandyar Wali Khan said everyone acknowledges the PM’s right to do so. Asfand said that they would not favour any illegal and unconstitutional step taken under the guise of rule of law.

 He stressed that no institution would be allowed to do anything against the constitution.