Azam Hoti may quit ANP after challenging Asfandyar
30 September, 2013
MARDAN: Senator Azam Khan Hoti has reportedly decided to quit the Awami National Party (ANP) over differences with the party's president and his close relative Asfandyar Wali Khan, sources said on Sunday.
Azam Hoti, the sources said, was expected to announce his decision of quitting the ANP at a press conference in Peshawar today. They said he may also make some startling disclosures as he has been threatening to do so in his recent statements.The sources added that senior ANP leaders tried to pacify Azam Hoti and persuade him to set aside his differences with Asfandyar Wali but to no avail.
The sources said Azam Hoti had influence over party workers in Mardan, Swabi, Buner and Swat districts. The ANP would suffer a major blow if Azam Hoti quit the party, the sources said, adding that he may join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. Azam Hoti always enjoyed cordial relations with Nawaz Sharif and had served as a federal minister during the latter's earlier stint as prime minister.
The sources argued that Asfandyar Wali has seldom visited these districts and had no coordination with party workers there.Meanwhile, former chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti, son of Azam Hoti, has announced his support for maternal uncle Asfandyar Wali over the differences between his father and uncle.
In a statement, he said that he would support Asfandyar Wali. He believed that ANP flourished under the leadership of Asfandyar. He said Asfandyar Wali was the symbol of unity among the Pakhtuns. He rejected the statement of his father Azam Hoti and said that Asfandyar Wali was the leader of the Pakhtun nationalist movement.
He said under the leadership of Asfandyar, the ANP implemented its constitution by getting NWFP renamed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and gained provincial autonomy through the 18th Amendment.Ameer Haider Hoti, it may be added, hasn't been on the best of terms with his father.