ISLAMABAD - A serious controversy has erupted as the Awami National Party Monday alleged that Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior had approached NWFP Chief Minister with the request to support the bye-elections' postponement in line with other three federating units desiring the same. The ANP Central Information Secretary Zahid Khan told The Nation that Malik approached NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti and requested him to agree to the postponement of bye-elections. "Rehman Malik asked the Chief Minister that the three federating units have agreed to postpone bye-elections," he said. "Therefore, I request you to do so," Zahid Khan quoted the words of Rehman Malik.   Pakistan Muslim League (N), (PML-N) Spokesman Siddiqul Farooq told The Nation that the ANP was not telling a lie. He harshly condemned the action of Rehman Malik and said that Rehamn Malik misguided the PML-N and kept the coalition partners into ignorance.      "If Rehman Malik of the PPP manages to get this decision from the Election Commission, the PML-N will take strong exception to it and will take up this issue with the coalition partner, the PPP," he said. "We are confident that the ANP is not telling a lie. The PML-N will  formally give reaction about it after consultations with the coalition partners," he said. Jamiat Ulema Islam-F (JUI-F) Secretary General Abdul Ghafoor Haidari strongly condemned the action of Rehman Malik. "We do not know about the approach of Rehman Mailk to the NWFP Government for postponement of elections. We follow the principles and constitution. There was no excuse to postpone the elections," he said. Abdul Ghafoor Haidri said that the general elections, which were held on February 18, 2008 were not postponed by more than one month in spite of worse law and order situation in the country and Shahadat of PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. "The JUI-F strongly condemns this measure of Rehman Mailk. Such actions create doubts and shatter the confidence," he emphasized. Advisor to the Prime Minister Rehman Mailk told the media persons that he did not commit any mistake. He said that he would give comments today (Tuesday) after reading the statement of the NWFP Chief Minster. When Rehamn Malik was asked whether he took the Prime Minister into confidence about it, he did not reply to it.