ANP will continue to campaign peacefully after three-day peaceful mourning: Asfandyar Wali

PESHAWAR, July 11 (INP): Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan on Wednesday, remarked that the party will continue to campaign for the upcoming General Election 2018, a day after 20 people, including party leader Haroon Bilour, were killed in suicide explosion in Peshawar.

While speaking to media after the suicide attack occurred during a party corner meeting in Yakatoot neighbourhood of Peshawar on Tuesday night, he said that the party will resume campaigning after a three-day peaceful mourning. 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.

The son of Bashir Ahmed Bilour, a senior ANP figure who, himself, was martyred in a suicide attack in 2012 after a party meeting, Haroon was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition but succumbed to his wounds shortly after.

He was 47 years old.