|Ameer Haider Khan Hoti Born on February 5, 1971.
Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, the great-grandson of former chief minister Dr Khan Sahib and Khudai Khidmatgar leader Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bacha Khan).
The late Ameer Muhammad Khan, a close associate and confidant of Khudai Khidmatgar Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan commonly known as Baacha Khan, was the grandfather of Ameer Haider Hoti, whose younger brother Ghazan Khan is presently looking after financial matters of Baacha Khan Welfare Trust.
He passed intermediate examination from Aitchison College, Lahore, and did graduation from the Edwards College, Peshawar, in1992. He is a nephew of veteran politician Begum Nasim Wali Khan while ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan is the stepson of Begum Naseem Wali Khan.
Hoti married Mehr Dil Khan, granddaughter of founding leader of Khudai Khidmatgar Tehrik and daughter of ANP leader Sareer Khan.
Starting his political career as ANP organiser in Mardan city, he became senior vice-president of the party in the district. Hoti was inducted as provincial joint secretary in the provincial cabinet of the party and later made provincial deputy secretary general, an office he is holding to date.
3rd Chief minister from Mardan
He is the third chief minister from Mardan, the first two being late Lt Gen Fazle Haq and late Mir Afzal Khan in 1990.
Unopposed Chief minister
One, he is the first chief minister to be elected unopposed. Two, he is the first nominee of the old Pakhtun nationalist movement now represented by the Asfandyar Wali-led Awami National Party since partition to become the chief minister. Third, he is the youngest chief executive of the province.
21st chief minister
Hoti is the 21st chief minister of the province after creation of Pakistan and the 25th since 1937. Elected to the Frontier Assembly for the first time from PF-23 Mardan, Hoti was nominated for the chief minister slot at its parliamentary party meeting on February 29.
The opposition parties — Jamiat Ulema Islam, Pakistan Muslim League-Q and Pakistan Peoples Party-S, in the NWFP Assembly — did not field its candidate for the slot of chief minister after the ANP and PPP leadership requested them through a jirga to get their candidates elected unopposed for the speaker, deputy speaker and chief minister offices.
Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan
Hoti’s maternal great grandfather, Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan, commonly known as Dr Khan Sahib, was the first elected chief minister of the Frontier province. His cabinet was dissolved on August 21 1947.
Ameer Muhammad Khan
His paternal grandfather and a committed Khudai Khidmatgar, Ameer Muhammad Khan trounced Nawab Akbar Hoti of Mardan in general elections before partition of the subcontinent.
Azam Khan Hoti
His father Azam Khan Hoti remained federal minister twice in the Nawaz Sharif government, while his maternal uncle Asfandyar Wali Khan is the central president of the ANP.
Anp in coalition governments
The nationalist party remained in coalition governments with different political parties in the past. In 1972, the nationalist party (NAP) offered the chief minister office to Maulana Mufti Mehmood of the JUI despite the fact the nationalists were in a majority in the then provincial assembly.
However, the Governor’s Rule was imposed in 1975 when the NAP-led Balochistan government was sacked and the Frontier government resigned in protest.
In 1988, the ANP allied with the PPP, but only for around six months, as the PPP did not keep its promise to appoint governor from the ANP After the 1990 elections, the ANP-Islami Jamhoori Ittehad provincial government lasted for three years, whereas Mir Afzal Khan stuck to his office while ANP ministers resigned in protest when the then president Ghulam Ishaq sacked the Sharif government.
On October 20, 1993, the ANP PML-N alliance elected Pir Sabir Shah as chief minister, but his government was toppled due to the governor’s rule imposed in 1994 and Sherpao got himself elected as chief minister for the second time.
In the wake of 1997 elections, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan was elected by the ANP-PML-N alliance as chief minister but the ANP parted its ways when the PML-N government in the Centre announced construction of the controversial Kalabagh dam and declined to honour a resolution for the renaming NWFP as Pakhtunkhwa.
Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, who was unanimously nominated by the Awami National Party (ANP) legislators for slot of the chief minister of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), was elected unopposed on March 31 and took oath of his office on April 1, 2008. with coaliton of PPP.