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June 12, 2013

Muhammad Khan Achakzai made Balochistan governor

Peshawar

June 12, 2013

QUETTA: Muhammad Khan Achakzai, a former senior bureaucrat and economist, was appointed as Governor Balochistan by President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday.
The new governor will take oath of his office on Thursday. Chief Justice Balochistan High Court (BHC) Qazi Faez Isa will administer the oath to the newly-appointed governor at the Governor’s House.
Official sources said that a summary recommending the appointmentof Muhammad Khan Achakzai as the Governor Balochistan had been moved by Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He is the 22nd governor of the province.
The new governor hails from one of the most prominent Pashtoon political families of the province. His father, Khan Shaheed Khan Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai, was an eminent personality of the province, who had founded Anjuman-i-Watan, Wror Pashtoon and Pakhtunkhwa National Awami Party.
He is the elder brother of the Chairman of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Mehmood Khan Achakzai. Muhammad Khan Achakzai has served as a senior bureaucrat and economist in the federal government. He is considered to be an upright person.
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 (Senior Cambridge). Later, he got his higher education from Howard Kennedy School (Master in Public Administration), USA, and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland (M.Sc Economics).
He is also the member of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society. He is fluent in Pashto, Persian, Urdu besides English. His appointment as governor has been a part of the power sharing formula among the Pakistan Muslim League-N, National Party and PkMAP under which the provincial government was formed and announcement to that effect had been made by the PML-N chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Murree.
The PML-N chief had then announced Dr Abdul Malik Baloch as a consensus candidate for the slot of the chief minister. He had

also announced that the next governor of Balochistan would be from PkMAP.