Member National Assembly (MNA) Mohsin Dawar on Wednesday launched a new political party called the National Democratic Movement (NDM). The new party includes some members of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM).
NDM’s central organising committee was announced at its first formal meeting in Peshawar. Mohsin Dawar will be the central organiser, Muzamil Shah general secretary and Jamila Gilani information secretary. Abdullah Nangyal, Ibrahim Khan, Haroon Bazai, Anwar Sulemankhel, Aijaz Aslam and Tariq Wazir Khan are also part of the central organising committee.
NDM’s first press conference was attended by former senator Afrasiab Khattak, former MNA Bushra Gohar and several others. The manifesto of the new political party was also unveiled at the launch. It says that the party’s basic principle is the promotion of a secular federal democratic parliamentary system, among other things. It also states that the NDM believes in upholding civilian constitutional supremacy.
Talking to The Current, Mohsin Dawar said the NDM will speak for the oppressed and the marginalised from every part of Pakistan. “We believe in supremacy of parliament and we believe in providing space to the youth to lead this movement. We want to steer the country towards equality and progress and will also resist growing militarisation, which is dominating every sphere.”