Thursday, June 13, 2013

Achakzai sworn in as new Balochistan governor

QUETTA: Muhammad Khan Achakzai has been sworn in as Balochistan governor during a ceremony held at the Governor’s House on Thursday. Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Esa administered oath to Khan in the ceremony, which was also attended by Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. 

Balochistan Assembly Speaker Jan Jamali, newly elected MPAs, renowned politicians, and other officials were also present. 

The new governor is one of the most prominent Pashtoon political families of the province. His father, Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai, was an eminent personality of the province. He is the elder brother of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai. Achakzai has served as a senior bureaucrat and economist in the federal government. 

He got his early education at his hometown, Gulistan, and later moved to Quetta, from where he got secondary education from the St Francis Grammar School. He got the degree of Master in Public Administration from Howard Kennedy School USA and M Sc Economics from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He is also the member of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society. 

His appointment as governor has been a part of the power-sharing formula among the Pakistan Muslim League-N, National Party and PkMAP. The PML-N chief had announced Dr Abdul Malik Baloch as a consensus candidate for the slot of the chief minister. agencies.

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