Qaumi Watan Party (Pashto: قومي وطنپال ګوند; Urdu: قومی وطن پارٹی), abbreviated as QWP and formerly called Pakistan Peoples Party-Sherpao (PPP-S), is a political party in Pakistan, that split away from the Pakistan Peoples Party just before the 2002 general election. PPP-S was named after its leader Aftab Ahmad Sherpao. Differences had cropped up between PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto and Senior Leader Aftab Ahmad Sherpao in 1999 and the latter was expelled from the PPP by the former, thus creating PPP-S. In October 2012, it was renamed to Qaumi Watan Party when it changed its political agenda and declared itself as a Pashtun neo-nationalist party.
1 Name change,
4 Corruption Charges,
5 Controversial Letter Scandal,
7 External links,
The name and manifesto of the party were formally changed on October 17, 2012. It was renamed from "Pakistan Peoples Party-Sherpao" to "Qaumi Watan Party". The tri-color flag was also changed by replacing the green color with white. Aftab Ahmad Sherpao said Qaumi Watan Party will work for rights of the Pashtuns of the entire region, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Afghanistan, Karachi, Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
At the legislative elections of 20 October 2002, Pakistan Peoples Party-Sherpao won 0.3% of the popular vote and 2 out of 272 elected members. In the 2008 general election, the party won only 1 seat in the National Assembly, in which the party leader Aftab Sherpao was successful. On the other hand, it won 6 provincial assembly seats, all in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
During the 2013 elections the party rebranded itself as the Qaumi Watan Party and Sherpao once again won the National seat, provincially the party secured 10 seats in total, of which 8 were directly elected. This made the Qaumi Watan Party the fourth largest party in KPK, and it joined a coalition government led by PTI.
The tricolor red-black-white flag of the party exactly resembles the flag of the Kingdom of Afghanistan during the regime of Emir Habibullah Kalakani (January 1929 - October 1929). The same colors were also used by the Mongols when they occupied present-day Afghanistan in the 13th century.
During Qaumi Watan Party's alliance with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, two of its ministers, were charged with corruption and expelled from the cabinet by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on the directives of PTI Chairman Imran Khan. The names of the ministers who were expelled from their ministries were Bakht Baidar Khan who was minister of Labour & Manpower and Ibrar Hussain minister of Forests. After their expulsion Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan advised Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to expel Qaumi Watan Party from government alliance. Meanwhile, Sikander Sherpao has resigned from Senior Minister (as part of power sharing deal in May 2013, PTI has Chief Minister while QWP & JI has Senior Minister seats each) of KPK and QWP has left the coalition government of KPK. In a news conference Mr Sherpao has committed to expose various illegal orders of Imran Khan to the media.
Controversial Letter Scandal:
After Qaumi Wattan Party parted ways from the KPK provincial government by Tehreek-e-Insaf of Imran Khan over corruption allegations, Sikandar Sherpao of QWP presented a letter to the media which was received from PTI Chairman Imran Khan advising to appoint a person named Khushal Khan as CEO of KPOGCL. PTI criticized QWP for such an act as the letter contained errors and the signature of Imran Khan was seem to be different from the original one. Dr. Shireen Mazari in a brief press release condemned this below the belt act by Sikandar Sherpao.
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