Naveed Aman Khan
Nawabzada Mohammad Yousaf, the Khan Hoti, grandson of veteran politician Nawabzada
Abdul Ghafoor Khan Hoti, joined PML in a meeting with political stalwart, President Pakistan Muslim League and former (interim) Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain at his residence in 2015. Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain appointed Yousaf Hoti as Central Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League. In a very short span of time, because of his meritorious capabilities, he has become an apple of decision maker’s eyes. After joining PML, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain wished the twinkling Yousaf a bright career in his political life. Dynamic Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain emphasized over the power of youth in politics and said that youth is a back-bone and future of Pakistan and we must groom and utilize their talent at our best. Yousaf Hoti is blessed with very calculated and composed personality reflecting the slot of future FM or PM.
Yousaf Khan Hoti who hails from politically renowned and influential family of the KP is an energetic and potential addition in the Party. He enjoys very strong and matchless political family background and political dynasty in KP. Yousaf Hoti’s grandfather former Governor of KP Nawab Abdul Ghafoor Khan Hoti has been Chief of the warrior Yousafzai tribe of Hoti. Abdul Ghafoor Hoti was the son of Nawab Akbar Khan Hoti of Mardan and father of former IG KP Nawabzada Akbar Khan Hoti who bears the same name as his illustrious grandfather.
Ameer Haider Hoti and Ameer Ghazan Hoti are the great-grandsons of former NWFP(KP) Chief Minister Dr. Khan Sahib. Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan alias Dr. Khan Sahib was the elder brother of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan alias Baccha Khan.
Former CM KP Ameer Haider Hoti’s father Azam Khan Hoti had remained Federal Minister twice in previous Nawaz Sharif governments, while his maternal uncle Asfandyar Wali Khan is the chief of the ANP. The Hoti family of Mardan had not only played prominent role during the Independence Movement, but has also held quite a sway in Pakistani political circles since 1947. Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had paid visit to Mardan on 24 November 1945 on the invitation of Nawabzada Abdul Ghafoor Hoti’s father Nawab Sir Akbar Khan Hoti and had addressed a huge gathering at the Hoti House.
Nawab Akbar Khan Hoti had not only attended an historical session of Muslim League at Lahore on 23 March 1940 but also attended the “Simla Conference” of 1945. Nawab Akbar Khan Hoti’s son and former Governor Abdul Ghafoor Khan Hoti’s elder brother Colonel (R) Mohammad Amir Khan, a graduate of UK’s prestigious Sandherst Academy, had participated in World War II, leaving his mark on the battlefields of Libya and Iraq. He is being remembered in Mardan’s history for displaying unmatched gallantry and valour when he had escorted a train carrying thousands of refugees and military equipment from India to Pakistan in1947.
The Colonel was rewarded and appointed as a Defence Attache in Indonesia after the partition. Amir Khan became Minister for Industries, Village Aid and Supplies in late 1957 when Iskandar Mirza had been ruling the country. During Ayub Khan’s era, he remained an MNA and then hosted Premier Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto at Hoti House in Mardan a few years later.
Colonel Amir Khan Hoti was appointed as Ambassador to Spain where he had served for three years from 1981 to 1984. He had also feted the then World Bank President, Robert Strange McNamara, at his farm house. Robert McNamara, also the eighth US Secretary of Defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, had served as the fifth World Bank Group President between 1968 and 1981.
It was in this particular meeting that Robert McNamara had extended a loan facility for the establishment of a paper mill at Charsadda.This unit was later known as the Pakistan Paper Corporation. Another eminent Hoti, Khwaja Mohammad Khan Hoti, had remained a Provincial Minister for Education.
His paternal grandfather was Nawab Muhammad Akbar Khan Hoti and his maternal grandfather was Brigadier Sir Nawab Muhammad Shah Jehan Khan, who has also been the ruler of Dir State. He is the son-in-law of late Abdul Ghafoor Khan Hoti. Under the charismatic leadership of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Pakistan Muslim League (Q) exercises clear policy of maintaining ultimate strong bilateral relationship with China. For the achievement of this lofty task PML (Q) visionary leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has deputed confidant Yousaf Hoti very popular in diplomatic circles. Very successfully Yousaf is maintaining strong ties with Chinese high level officials. Senior Chinese officials, former DHM Zhao Lijian and serving Ambassador Excellency Yao Jing are like brothers to him. Likewise Hoti maintains strong cordial relationship with other high level diplomats and politicians of the world. He lauds and follows Chaudhry Shujaat’s political vision and policies. He believes that Pakistan’s strong bilateral relationship with China will pave the way towards political, economic and diplomatic stability and prosperity. He is of the view that Pakistan needs top level ties on political, economic and diplomatic grounds to meet the bench marks of the first world. He also believes that Pakistan still can do a lot for brave Kashmiris by successfully and positively moving international community in their favor. He is always seen busy in lobbying for Kashmir, Palestine and PakistanChina strong bilateral relations. He utters that Pakistan can’t afford distorted relationship with any country especially China, America, and our neighbours.This is the world of politics and diplomacy. National and international conflicts and disputes can only be resolved by political foresight and strong diplomatic capabilities. Seeing Yousaf Hoti, Pakistan Muslim League seems to be the only national level political party which is grooming future leadership of Pakistan.
— The writer is book ambassador, columnist, political analyst and author of several books based in Islamabad.
Naveed Aman Khan