Background discussions and interviews suggest that most of the major opposition parties both in and outside the parliament are still trying to figure out the purpose of ANP's APC being convened next month, ostensibly with the view that government – of which ANP is an important component – was left with little time to implement any recommendations.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), one of the opposition parties in the parliament, has already expressed its inability to attend the proposed conference.
“ANP which is ruling in KPK is responsible for fostering terrorism in the province,” JUI-F chief Fazul Rehman said on Sunday, warning that ANP’s effort to absolve itself of the all blames would be resisted.
Sources said that PML-N was also indecisive because it regards the ANP move as a belated effort and questions ANP's role on implementation of the resolutions consensually adopted by the sitting parliament on menace of terrorism.
“We are waiting for the agenda of the proposed APC, only then PML-N leadership will take final decision about its participation,” party's central information secretary Senator Mushidullah Khan told The Nation.
Although there was no immediate contact with PTI and Jammat-e-Islami leaders about their decision regarding APC, it was reliably learnt that both the out-of-parliament opposition parties have also taken no decision so far. The opposition parties think that APC at a time when PPP-led ruling coalition has already lived its 5 years mandatory constitutional term would be just a futile exercise.
All the parties in the ruling coalition including PPP, MQM and PML-Q have however accepted the invitation extended by the ANP but this support is being seen by the opposition parties a political move in a bid to drive political mileage in the elections and to save the ruling coalition from the public criticism over its failure to deliver in five years of its rule.