ANP to continue campaign for upcoming General Elections: Asfandyar

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Asfandiyar announces to hold peaceful protests across province on July 30

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan on Wednesday said that the coward terrorist attacks cannot discourage determination of the party adding that the party will continue to campaign for the upcoming General Election 2018.
Earlier, Haroon Bilour, an Awami National Party (ANP) leader, and 19 other people were martyred and over 60 others were wounded in a suicide attack in Yaka Toot area of Peshawar on Tuesday night.
Talking to media at Bilour House in Peshawar, Asfandyar said that the party will resume campaigning after a three-day peaceful protest. The party’s main focus is to become victorious in the elections, he said, adding “We have to contest elections and win now.”
Regarding the suicide attack, he said: “these are terrorists we are dealing with. You can’t compare umpires with terrorists. The main problem is that they [Taliban] know who all of us are but we don’t know about them.”
Instead of attacking us from the back, our rivals should go head-to-head against us, he shared.
The deceased ANP leader Haroon Bilour was set to contest the July 25 elections from Peshawar’s PK-78 constituency.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives soon after Haroon Bilour arrived in Yaka Toot area to address a corner meeting of his party. Haroon Bilour was ANP candidate for the upcoming general elections from provincial assembly constituency PK-78.
Haroon Bilour was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. At least 12 other people, mostly ANP supporters, were also martyred in the suicide attack.
Emergency was declared at the Lady Reading Hospital, while large number of ANP workers also reached the hospital.
Following the incident, the Election Commission of Pakistan postponed the polls in PK-78 (Peshawar-XIII) constituency.
The polls have been postponed due to the death of the PK-78 candidate, the electoral body said, adding that the new schedule for the said constituency will be announced later.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council has also announced a three-day mourning in light of the attack, with lawyers beginning the boycott of court proceedings today.

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