A prominent political party from Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, headed by the grandson of 'Frontier Gandhi' Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, has joined the opposition Alliance for Restoration of Democracy for a joint campaign against the government.
The Awami National Party's decision came as the opposition parties mounted a campaign demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz following a Supreme Court judgement finding "massive irregularities" in the disinvestment process of the Pakistan Steel Mills.
Speaking on behalf of the opposition in the National Assembly, senior Parliamentarian of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Aitzaz Ahsan yesterday said that in the light of the judgement annulling the mills privatisation, Aziz should quit.
The opposition has also planned to submit a no-confidence motion against the government on August 23.
The ANP, headed by Asfahdiyar Wali Khan, the grandson of 'Frontier Gandhi', on Friday announced joining the moderate opposition alliance for a "joint campaign against the government."
"From today, we will be part of the struggle of the combined opposition and whatever decision it takes for the restoration of democracy, parliament's supremacy and end of the Army rule in the country, we will follow it," Wali told reporters after a meeting with ARD Chairman Amin Fahim.
Fahim said the opposition has already set up a committee to draft a chargesheet and no-trust motion against the Prime Minister which would come out on August 23.