ISLAMABAD - Awami National Party (ANP) is giving final touches to its preparation for All Parties Conference (APC), scheduled in Islamabad on February 14, to work out joint counterterrorism strategy.
Almost all the major political parties have given their consent to attend the moot, informed the ANP Central Information Secretary Senator Zahid Khan, who would also be holding a press conference at National Press Club Islamabad on Monday (today) to give an overview of the motives behind calling the APC.
Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf has decided not to attend the APC but ANP Senator Zahid Khan said that they are not formally intimated in this connection by the PTI leadership. About the participation of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) in the February 14 moot, ANP central spokesman said that PML-N would be attending the conference and in this connection Mian Nawaz Sharif had already made an announcement.
Besides discussing various dimensions of terrorism and the ways and means to counter it, the conference would provide an opportunity to the political parties to come closer to each other to pave way for formation of new alliances for the upcoming elections.
Sources in ruling alliance commenting on the event said that the conference in a way has brought the two arch rivals - ANP and MQM - closer while it would also be providing opportunity to other key players in the national politics to come closer and help develop some formidable relations to move forward with some sort of alliance or understanding in upcoming general elections.