|Secretary General of Awami National Party in Sindh Mohammad
Amin Khattak laid to rest at his ancestral village Jalozai on Monday. He had
breathed his last in Karachi after a heart attack on Sunday.
Peshawar: Remaining an active political worker even after his elevation to the
top slots of Pakhtun nationalist Awami National Party, Amin Khattak, who
breathed his last at 57 on Sunday in Karachi, would live in the hearts and minds
of the Pakhtuns with whom he stood through thick and thin.
Hailing from a humble family of Jalozai in Nowshehra district, Amin Khattak was
laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard. Besides senior leadership of the ANP,a
large number of the party worker, friends and relatives attended the funeral.
Amin Khattak was hospitalized for complications induced by diabetes for the last
three months. The heart attack on Sunday, however proved fatal for him.
To earn livelihood, Amin Khattak left for Karachi and started work as a
transporter. The young Khattak was quite disturbed by seeing the dismal
condition of Pakhtuns living in the port city.
” To safeguard the interests of Pakhtuns, we formed Pakhtun Muttahida Mahaz in
1969 and Amin Khattak who was quite young used to come and listen the political
discussions and later joined the organizations,” said Saleem Raz, noted Pashto
literatus. Saleem Raz with whom Amin Khattak had close association, lauded the
commitment and courage of the late ANP leader. “He was always in the forefront
whenever there was an issue related to the Pakhtun community. His struggle for
the rights of Pakhtun in Karachi was commendable,” he said.
Amin Khattak remained the member of executive council of the National Awami
Party (ANP). In 1970s when Khan Abdul Wali Khan and many other NAP leaders were
behind bars in Hyderabad, Khattak formed Wali Khan Rehayi committee and made
strenuous efforts for release of his leader.
In 1982, he became president of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD)
in Karachi. He was a vocal voice against General Zia ul Haq’s martial law and
was jailed for one year in 1983.
The nationalist leader served as the first vice-president of the ANP in Karachi.
He served the party twice as Sindh president and was presently serving as
General Secretary of the party in the province.
Amin Khattak was known for his conduct, integrity and loyalty to the party and
Pakhtun cause. He was also popular among other political parties of the Sindh. A
true soldier of Bacha Khan, Khattak never indulged in the moneymaking and lived
a humble life. He was a bachelor and spent his entire life serving Pakhtuns
across the country in general and in Karachi in particular.
” He was a committed political worker and had close contracts with party workers.
Despite his political clout, he never used politics as money making tool. He was
a breed apart in contemporary politics believing in honesty and dedication,”
said Quraysh Khattak, a friend and political follower of the deceased.
ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed expressed sorrow over the demise of the
nationalist leader “Amin Khattak rendered great sacrifices for the right of
Pakhtuns cause and his death is an irreparable loss for the Pakhtuns,” he said.