PESHAWAR - The central executive council of Awami National Party (ANP) will meet on September 19 to evolve a strategy and discuss prevailing political situation, country’s foreign policy and present government relations with neighbouring countries.

The central executive council meeting will be held at Charsadda, hometown of ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan who will preside over the meeting. At least 600 members of the council will attend the meeting from across the country.

The main objective of the meeting is to discuss the ongoing political situation in the country. The ANP wants solution of the Panama Leaks in the parliament and it would stay away from any agitation in the name of investigation of the issue, besides opposing protest demonstrations and sit-ins outside the houses of political leaders, ANP Central General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain told The Nation on Monday.

The PTI scheduled protest march on Raiwind, which is the residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on September 24. “We are against the trend of besieging houses of political rivals. This trend will not stop if once started,” he said.

ANP wanted the issue to be resolved in the parliament, Iftikhar added. He maintained that opposition wanted to tighten noose around Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while the government intended to save him at all costs, which led to a deadlock.

The PM’s name had not been directly mentioned in the Panama Leaks. Thus, he should have been spared for time being and the cases of his children should have been investigated properly, Mian Iftikhar said.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan himself owned offshore companies and names of his party’s top leaders were also there in the Panama Papers. And that’s why, his own coalition partners like the Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Awami Tehreek have announced not to be part of the Raiwind march, he added.

About the NAP, Iftikhar said that federal government should implement all the points of national action plan so that to eliminate terrorism. If the government wants to overcome the issue, it would have to take across the board action against all kinds of terrorist outfits in all parts of the country, he said.

He informed that over 70 terrorist organisations are active in Punjab and still discrimination was being made between good and bad Taliban.

About Afghan refugees, he said that giving respect to the refugees was in the interest of Pakistan. He said, “We have been hosting them for such a long time and now the maltreatment with them at the time of their departure would pour water on all the support extended to them during the past nearly 40 years.” He said that harassment of the refugees and sending them back to their country by force was against the UN principles.

He explained that worsened ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan would benefit the terrorists only. About CPEC, Mian Iftikhar said, “We are not against completion of the CPEC route in Punjab. But, what we want is that the Pakhtuns and other smaller nations should not be deprived of their rights,” he concluded.