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- Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Prisons Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhel Monday tendered resignation from the provincial cabinet and basic membership of the Awami National Party (ANP).


He has sent his resignation to Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti, sources told The News. He could not be reached on all his possible contact numbers for comments.Provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain confirmed to media that he (Nisar) has sent his resignation to the chief minister. However, he added that the minister resigned due to his personal reasons.


Known for changing his loyalties, Mian Nisar Gul joined the political arena in 2002 when he was elected as member of the provincial assembly from PK-40, Karak on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ticket. However, he continued to support the then chief minister Akram Khan Durrani throughout the five-year rule of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal.


Being member of the PTI, he was part of the All Parties’ Democratic Movement (APDM), and refused to tender resignation from the provincial assembly a day before the presidential elections of General (R) Pervez Musharraf in October 2007. A total of 36 members of the then provincial assembly including members of Jamaat-i-Islami, ANP and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had tendered their resignations in protest against the presidential election.


In 2008, he was again elected as member of the provincial assembly on the same constituency. This time he contested the polls in independent capacity and after the election, he joined the ruling ANP and was made a minister for prisons.


Mian Nisar Gul had received bullet injuries in June 2009 when his bullet-proof vehicle was ambushed by armed men in the restive semi-tribal region of Darra Adamkhel. His driver and two guards had been killed in the attack.


In May 2010, he had to quit the provincial cabinet after he was charged with abduction of a woman. However, after being acquitted in the case, he rejoined the cabinet in 2011.Sources said he had developed some grievances with the party leadership over some petty issues. He had already got the sense that the ANP might not award him party ticket, which paved the way for his exit from the party, the sources said.


Determined to contest polls for the National Assembly from his native constituency, Mian Nisar Gul is still enjoying very cordial relationship with the JUI-S, especially its leader and former member of the National Assembly Shah Abdul Aziz. According to sources, Abdul Aziz had told him to wash away the ANP tag from his name to muster support in the next elections.


It is generally believed that the members and ministers, who joined the ANP after winning their elections from other platforms or in independent capacity, would desert the party before next elections, as it would not be easy for them to run an effective election campaign in the prevailing circumstances. Only those having ideological affiliation with the Pakhtun nationalist party would remain loyal to the party to face every difficult situation.