PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party has suspended memberships of party senior vice president Bushra Gohar and former senator Afrasiab Khattak on charges of violating party discipline and damaging its interests.

A press releases said the party leadership had issued a show-cause notice to the two senior party leaders last week asking them to explain their activities.

Failing to receive a satisfactory reply from both leaders, the party leadership has decided to suspend their membership.

The show-cause notice was issued by ANP central General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain on the directives of party president Asfandyar Wali Khan.

“Your activities are against the party’s interests, its constitution and discipline that have resulted in [a] huge loss to the party,” the show-cause notice read.

It added that their activities had negative effects on the workers as it created confusion and led to the misunderstanding that damaged the party’s interests.

On Monday, another notice was issued saying that the party leadership acknowledged that they had received a detailed response from Gohar and Khattak, but said that it failed to satisfy them.

“Their responses are not at all satisfactory therefore the party president has suspended their basic membership according to the party constitution,” the party leadership said in the notification.

The notice did not state the exact charges or details of the activities for which the two leaders had been suspended.

Earlier, Mian Iftikhar Hussain had said the specific reasons could not be disclosed to the media as this concerned the party’s internal matters. Following suspension of their membership, Jameela Gillani, joint secretary of ANP, also resigned from her party position as protest.