LAHORE: The likeminded parties having consensus on the agenda of boycotting the forthcoming general elections have formed a new faction of APDM sans Pakistan Muslim League (N), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamait Ulama-e-Islam
(JUI-F) and Jamiat Al-Hadiat. Mehmood Khan Achakzai, who was named Convener of the new APDM, announced formation of the APDM faction while addressing joint press conference along with PTI Chief Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Qazi Hussian Ahmed after the meeting of the likeminded parties.
The meeting was held here at the residence of Imran Khan and attended by heads of 25 parties. New APDM came into being after Pakistan Muslim League (N), Awami National Party (ANP) and others reversed the decision of boycotting the polls. It was decided in the meeting that APDM will hold a national conference on December 18 which will be attended by all the parties in the new opposition alliance besides members of lawyers’ community, civil society and human rights activists. The meeting also decided to proceed to the Election Commission office in a procession on December 15 for withdrawal of the nomination papers, filed by the APDM member parties with the commission.
Addressing a joint news conference, Achakzai said that they had no personal enmity with anyone. APDM, he said, came to existence in London with objectives to free the country from dictatorship, restore the constitution in its true form, restoration of independent judiciary, formation of interim government of national consensus, setting up of an independent Election Commission which will hold fair, free and transparent elections in the country. He said that APDM will continue its struggle in achieving these goals.
When asked why PML (N) and ANP have been thrown out of APDM, he said on November 24, the then APDM Convener Raja Zafar-ul-Haq had announced that those parties who contest the elections will be no part of the opposition alliance and that is why PML (N), ANP, JUI (F) and Jamiat Al-Hadiat have been expelled from the APDM.-SANA