Awami National Party

Founder
Asfandyar Wali Khan
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Introduction

The Awami National Party (ANP, Awami meaning People) is a nationalist political party (leftist) in Pakistan. The Party is mostly famous among the Pashtuns of Pakistan in NWFP, Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Western Punjab, Northern Areas. The Party's current president is Senator Asfandyar Wali Khan. At the last legislative elections, 20 October 2002, the party won 1.0 % of the popular vote but no seats in the lower house of Parliament.

History and Background

In 1986, the National Democratic Party merged with several other groups to form the Awami National Party. Abdul Wali Khan was elected it's president and Sindhi nationalist Rasul Bakh Palijo was elected party secretary general.

ANP is one of many leftist parties of Pakistan. The strongholds of ANP are in the Pashtun areas of Pakistan, particularly North West frontier Province. The party is one of the few political parties in Pakistan to conduct internal elections.

Current Status

Awami National Party will strive for the establishment of a prosperous, peaceful and liberal society, which shall be based on the following fundamental principles:

1. Democracy

2. Guarantees for protection of rights and identities of all nationalities of the country and an unrestricted freedom for the development of their cultures and languages

3. Freedom from external domination

4. Freedom from sectarianism

5. Social justice