Rafiullah Mandokhail Zhob
Former Chief Minister Khyber Pashtoonkhwa and central vice president of Awami National Party Amir Hyder Khan Hoti has said that those who brought Imran Khan to power have chosen a person who is not even capable of running the country. The slogan of ‘vote ko izzat do’ (honour the vote) was first used by the Khudai Khidmatgar movement. Bacha Khan and Wali Khan were the true campaigners for non-violence and reforms in Pashtoon society.
‘We want to send a message to the world that Pashtoons are not terrorists but peace-loving, unfortunately terrorism has been imposed on their motherland deliberately. The Khudai Khidmatgar movement played a key role in the freedom movement,’ adding we are striving for our rights and struggling for the supremacy of the constitution, but we are labeled as traitors.
He expressed these views while addressing a public meeting held at No.1 ground to mark the death anniversaries of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan popularly known as Bacha Khan – the founder of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement and nationalist leader Khan Abdul Wali Khan here on Thursday.
The public gathering was presided over by provincial president Asghar Khan Achakzai while Amir Hyder Khan was the chief guest. Hundreds of party activists from Sherani, Killa Saifullah, Loralai and Ziarat attended the meeting. The central and provincial leaders of the party paid rich tributes to Bacha Khan and Wali Khan.
Addressing the participants, the party’s central secretary general Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that Bacha Khan had taught the lesson of non-violence. We fought against the terrorism bravely and sacrificed even our children to maintain peace in the country. ‘The newly elected US president and Pakistan should play their effective role for the success of Afghan peace talks, because peaceful Afghanistan is a guarantee to peace and stability in the region’.