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A man removing ANP stickers outside the party’s election office for PK-4 due to continual attacks on his party. — Photo by INP
A man removing ANP stickers outside the party’s election office for PK-4 due to continual attacks on his party. — Photo by INP
People gather at the site of an explosion outside an election office of a candidate in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, April 28, 2013. — AP Photo.
People gather at the site of an explosion outside an election office of a candidate in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, April 28, 2013. — AP Photo.

PESHAWAR: The defeat of Awami National Party in Saturday’s elections has disappointed its workers, who feel voters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should have thought about the party’s sacrifices against terrorism and massive social sector development during its five-year rule in the province.

ANP, which had secured 48 provincial assembly and 12 National Assembly seats during the 2008 elections, got only five provincial assembly and one National Assembly seats in the May 11, 2013 polls.

According to ANP workers, their party didn’t run electoral campaign due to terrorist threats but had thought the people would realise the gravity of the situation and vote for its nominees, but all that proved wrong on May 11.

“It is a great disappointment to lose the polls despite establishment of schools, colleges and universities and massive infrastructural development. The people’s vote against us is really worrying,” said ANP activist Sarfraz Khan from Mardan.Mr Sarfraz said ANP lost in PK-29 constituency though its government had constructed and widened many roads and carried out massive development work there but all that didn’t work.

“ANP hadn’t won this seat in the last elections but despite that, the constituency had seen tangible development over the last five years. We feel the local residents failed to recognise either massive development done by the ANP government or the killings of ANP activists by the Taliban,” he said.

Mohammad Javed, a campaigner for the embattled party, in Peshawar said ANP leaders avoided public meetings amid militant attacks but later stopped holding the same to safeguard the people.

“In Karachi, militants killed Sadiq Khattak, a candidate for a National Assembly, along with his six-year-old son in an attack but even then, the party didn’t get sympathy votes.

“The people in Sindh and Punjab have woken up but Pakhtuns are still sleeping. ANP secured provincial autonomy and a proper name for the province, but the people didn’t pay it back,” he said.

In some constituencies, like NA-2, Peshawar, ANP candidate Arbab Najeebullah Khalil bagged 12,126 votes and remained third in the contest. Last time, he had received 23,992 votes and finished second.

“Despite losing the seat in 2008, Najeebullah has actively been serving the people of his area. Be it repairs and change of electricity transformers, problems with police, pavement of streets and other crisis, the people immediately received his help when he was called,” Mr Javed said.

ANP workers in Mardan feel embarrassed at the huge election defeat of their party.

“We hadn’t expected such a defeat but we were sure of sweeping the polls due to massive development work done by our government over the last five years,” ANP activist Mohammad Abdullah said.

He said former chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti had spent around Rs5 billion for development in Mardan’s urban and rural areas but the election results brought ANP activists a great deal.

Mr Abdullah said the people had betrayed those, who had restored peace in the province at the cost of their lives.

“It was because of the ANP government that kept the Taliban away. The Taliban would have established their police stations and courts if ANP government hadn’t stopped them,” he said.

According to him, before 2008, the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal government had shut its eyes to the execution and slaughtering of the people in Swat but it was ANP that smashed the Taliban network and provided much-need peace to the valley residents.

Comments (18) Closed

Reza May 15, 2013 03:51pm

Yes, three days after the poll, I am still shocked that ANP could secure only one NA seat. They deserved many more, given the fact that they had really worked for the people of the province during their five years' tenure. It is results like these that tend to cast doubts on the free and fairness of the recently concluded elections. It is not that the ANP had an exclusive right to the Pakhtun vote, as MQM claims on behalf of the Urdu speaking people of Sindh. But their right to govern for another five years based on their performance can not be doubted. Compared to them, MQM's performance was far below standard.

Mushtaq Khan May 15, 2013 06:35pm

Couldn't agree more. The politicians who were allowed by Taliban to campaign won their seats, the one who opposed the Taliban barbarians lost. You can say plenty about the people the way they vote.

a May 15, 2013 07:09pm

Wasn't the ANP an ally of the PPP government? If the PPP is blamed to have been involved in corruption and bad practice, so should the ANP. I'm a pukhtun and am glad that the PTI won. Corruption and militancy has no place in KPK and in Pakistan as a whole.

Israr Khan IsmailZai. May 15, 2013 10:03pm

@Reza: You sure you are talking about Pakistani politics????

Hasina Marwat May 16, 2013 01:55am

The election result of Pakhtunkhwa shows that Pukhtoons are just rolling stones. They just follow a new party in every other election. ANP did serve the province and its people greatly but the people did not respond them accordingly. Development works and its bold stand against terrorism is historical but prbably the people of the province were fooled totally by the media and the vicious propaganda against the ANP. The PTI will experience such treatment in the next elections no matter how good they perform.

NASAH May 16, 2013 06:19am

What a JI government can do in Peshawar except opening more madarassas. That is their 'development'.

Dharsanti May 16, 2013 07:10am

Is PTI's govt in KPK, conspiracy to eliminate PTI from next election? PTI can enforce law and order but to control terrorism, Taliban and drone is primarily federal govt job. Majority of those anyway take place in areas under federal control. Did people punish ANP for being part of federal govt? ANP did more work than Punjab govt. in term of infrastructure. Though never advertised on media. PTI will have to remind people repeatedly provincial Govt. limitations. Some of PML-N supporters have started saying that with mandate in KPK, Khan should fill promise of shooting down drones. Politics require lot of showbazi.

Qsim May 16, 2013 07:27am

It is okay to vote for an honest man like Imran Khan. But we cannot forget the sacrifices and services of Badsha khan Family. I wonder if

Qsim May 16, 2013 07:44am

It is okay to vote for an honest man like Imran Khan. However, we cannot forget the sacrifices and services of Badsh khan family. I wonder if these pakhtoons will send their children to those schools and colleges which were being established and built during the last five years. would any Pakhtoon in his right mind realize that how Impotant it was to have a name for our province? 1- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 2- The loyalty of power and electricity from the center 3- And holding of elections for the first time in FATA. All of the above were achieved in the last five years after a lot of sacrifices and after many many years of stugle by the family of Badsh Khan. We should be really greatfull to them.

Anees May 16, 2013 08:11am

People judge you on what you have done for them in the past and NOT on your campaign. What new would Asfandyar Wali or Ghulam Ahmad Bilour come up with if they were allowed to run campaigns freely? What do they have to show to the people? Are they still in need of campaigns to let the people know them? And regarding sacrifices, every single ANP worker took another 15 - 20 ordinary people with him in his SACRIFICE.

Saeed May 16, 2013 08:31am

Very true. This area already suffer by extermist . And it is kind scary how these extermist back parties going to treat there opponents.

Nasir May 16, 2013 09:29am

The only cause of the ANP's Humiliating and shameful defeat in the election of 2013 is the factor of SMS and Easyload Baba. So far easyload is concerned its OK, he is acceptable up to some extent but what is the contribution of SMS in ANP's struggle and efforts, why he was given such a key position in party affairs, why Asfandyar and Haider Hoti and above all executive council of ANP was silent on SMS role and under table deals. This was a mess, and I think all that happens in the election is due to these two persons i.e. SMS and Easyload Baba. Otherwise people do realize the sacrifices of ANP workers.

Ammar Sami May 16, 2013 10:21am

PTI won the KPK showing the gud signs...

concerened May 16, 2013 10:24am

Dear fellows soon the Pakhtuns will be disillusioned that whom they have selected for the assemblies. initial steps has already been taken by Mr. Khan.

Pasta Jan (Bhittani) May 16, 2013 01:16pm

It is very sad to say that Pakhtoons are always driven /used against Pakhtoons. May Allah help Pakhtoons to realize that and we have to realize for the sake of our dignity and survival.

Visitor May 16, 2013 01:50pm


I am not a MQM supporter neither jealous of ANP but just to correct you that MQM was not the sole ruling party in Sindh, it was a coalition partner with PPP and despite possessing the vote bank of Karachi, it was a constant struggle for them to improve the things given the love-hate relationship between the two coalition partners. Compare this period to one with local bodies in Musharraf era where MQM with the support of PML Q and/or Musharraf was able to execute the development work not done in previous 50 years.

Having said that , all the good work MQM did in Musharraf era including its efforts to reach out to other provinces has been undone by its passive aggressive approach in last few years. If not for organised rigging, MQM would have suffered an embarrassing defeat in these elections.

-I think ANP people are educated and sensible enough to guage the sincerity of politicians so carrying out development work while getting due share of corruption is not something to be proud of. Further, MQM, ANP and PPP should stop using the anti -taliban card as recent elections have shown that card is not enough on its own.

Saeed May 16, 2013 02:00pm

Amir Hoti invested all the budget in Mardan and didn't do anything for the rest of the province. only Bashir Bilour and Mian Iftikhar were two crdeible persons who fought against terrorism. After an attack on Asfandyar, he ran away to Isb instead of staying in village and facing the threats boldly.How can people trust someone who leaves his people and seeks refuge in the outskirts????? I am a pathan and so happy to see ANP getting kicked out of the province....

Amin Hussain May 16, 2013 03:14pm

I'm surprised at their surprise.... Everyone from KPK i spoke to since over a year told me that ANP was highly unpopular because of a reputation for corruption. Apparently people think battling the taliban and not being corrupt need not be mutually exclusive!