The Awami National Party
(ANP) is a political party in Pakistan
. Its main area of electoral influence is in the Pashtun
dominated areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
provinces of Pakistan. .
Formation and history
In 1986, the National Democratic Party
merged with several other progressive
political and ethnic nationalist groups to form the Awami National Party. Abdul Wali Khan
was elected as its president and Sindhi nationalist Rasul Bakh Palijo
was elected its secretary general. The party from 1986-1988 was a member of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy
The party formed a coalition government with the People's Party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad after the 1988 election. This alliance collapsed in April 1989 after differences cropped up between the two parties.
The Awami National Party formed an alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League in early June 1989 which led to a formal split in the party with many activists allying with the PPP.
After the election of Nawaz Sharif
to power after the 1990 elections the ANP again formed a coalition with former rivals Pakistan Muslim League
. This alliance proved longer lasting, surviving till 1998 when it collapsed over differences over Kalabagh Dam
and renaming the province Pakhtunkhwa
.ANP quits govt after talks fail (28 February 1998)Raja Zulfikar. DAWN
. DAWN group The party then joined the Grand Democratic Alliance
, campaigning against the increasingly dictatorial Nawaz Sharif... Read More