PESHAWAR - Awami National Party (ANP), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, President Senator Afrasyab Khattak said on Tuesday that the present government had a mandate of the people and any constitutional change could only be brought through elections.

After a long struggle, democracy has returned to the country, thus people and political parties would not allow derailing democracy, Afrasyab said this while presiding over party’s provincial cabinet meeting held here.

People of the country are too much mature politically and that’s why they would not back any undemocratic move. There was need to promote democratic culture and strengthen democratic institutions, he added.

He said that 2013 was election year and elections would take place on time adding that any undemocratic move would be opposed resisted by democratic forces.

He said that ANP had even respected all democratic institutions and its demand was that all the institutions must work within their domain.

The ANP, he said, had rendered a lot of sacrifices to eliminate terrorism, and would oppose militancy till peace was restored in the country. Paying rich tributes to slain ANP senior leader Bashir Ahmad Bilour, he said that Bashir Bilour lost his for the same of the country and for peace.

He said that the ANP provincial cabinet had decided to observe 2013 as “peace year”. Moreover, it also reviewed arrangements for observing death anniversaries of Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan commonly known as Bacha Khan and Abdul Wali Khan.