Son defends Hoti’s decision
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PUBLISHED 7/14/2017
Accuses ANP of failing to fulfil promises made with people

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Syed Bukhar Shah

PESHAWAR: Nawabzada Umar Farooq Khan, son of former federal minister Khwaja Muhammad Khan Hoti and at the centre of the controversy regarding his father’s loyalty to the Awami National Party (ANP), has defended Hoti’s decision to resign from the federal cabinet.

Umar Farooq’s decision to join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had annoyed the ANP leadership because it expected the son of the party’s federal minister, Khwaja Mohammad Hoti, to remain loyal to the ANP instead of joining another party.

Umar Farooq, who joined the PML-N before his father quit the federal cabinet, expressed wonder as to why the ANP leaders and workers were criticising his father for his son’s decision. “I had never joined the ANP nor was I its member in the past,” he said posing a question as to whether he could not take decision according to his own conscious.

Umar Farooq contended that he was 31-year old, politically mature and capable of deciding for himself. “Any person who is 18-year old is allowed by law to exercise the right of vote. I am free to join any party and vote for someone of my choice,” he argued.

Umar asked the ANP leadership to follow in his father’s footsteps and quit the government for failing to fulfil the commitments it made with the people. “The ANP leaders had committed to stop killing of Pakhtuns and restore peace for which the people voted them into power but they could neither stop bloodshed nor restore peace in the province,” he told The News.

Justifying his father’s decision to quit the federal cabinet, Umar Farooq said his father had committed to resign from the cabinet if he failed to solve the problems of the people. He alleged that bloodshed of Pakhtuns had increased threefold since the installation of the ANP government in the NWFP. He said the party claiming to be the champion of Pakhtun rights was keeping mysterious silence over the injustices against the Pakhtuns.

Umar Farooq said that his father was elected from NA-9 (Mardan) on the ANP ticket but the same party’s nominees in remaining two constituencies — NA-10 and NA-11 — were defeated. Similarly, he said, the three ANP provincial assembly candidates falling under his father’s National Assembly constituency were elected but other party nominees could not win the election. He said if the ANP leadership wanted his father to resign, then the three ANP MPAs including Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti elected on those seats should also be asked to resign.