"I am honoured to learn that on
The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has requested to
review the decision regarding conferment of honorary degree of PhD in Political
Science upon him by the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. In this regard he
while conveying his thanks to the Chancellor Vice Chancellor and Syndicate of
AWKU for their gracious decision said that he felt humble by this gesture but
consider himself as a freshman in the field of politics and public welfare and
therefore not yet entitled to this exalted degree. So far as the establishment
of AWKU and the spread of the beacon of higher education to hitherto unattended
and far flung areas are concerned, the Chief Minister said it was part of his
duty as Chief Executive of the province towards his people. He said that he does
not consider it fair to grant him a PhD on the basis of a single decision of
establishing AWKU and added that the credit for establishment of this esteemed
university goes to the Vice Chancellor, his team and the concerned provincial
This he said in a letter addressed to the provincial high ups, the text of which
is as under.
"I am honoured to learn that on the recommendation of the syndicate of AWKU the
Chancellor/Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has graciously approved conferment of
honorary degree of PhD in Political Science on me.
I feel humbled by this gesture as I consider myself as a freshman in the field
of politics and public welfare and therefore not yet entitled to this exalted
degree. In my capacity as Chief Executive of the province I made an effort to
spread the beacon of higher education to hitherto unattended areas like Swabi,
Mardan, Charsadda, Buner and Chitral. Therefore, I consider establishment of
AWKU as part of my duty towards my people. More over on the academic and
research side PhD is conferred upon scholars after a life time of research and
academic contribution. It would not be fair to grant me a PhD on the basis of a
single decision of establishing a University.
I may further add that the credit for establishment of AWKU goes to the soldiers
in the field i.e. the VC and his team and the provincial departments concerned.
Please convey my thanks to the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and Syndicate of AWKU
for their gracious decision and request them to review their decision as I have
not been able to convince myself to accept this honour".