Masood Kausar appointed K-P governor

Published: February 8, 2011
Masood Kausar replaces Owais Ghani as governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Masood Kausar replaces Owais Ghani as governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday appointed a close political ally as governor in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, dismissing the incumbent at a key juncture in the fight against the Taliban.

Syed Masood Kausar, a provincial leader in the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and prominent lawyer, will take up his new post on Thursday, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar told AFP.

The governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is also the top administrator for the semi-autonomous tribal belt, where Pakistan is fighting a war against homegrown Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants.

Kausar replaces Owais Ahmad Ghani, governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for three years and a political independent, who was once close to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, whom President Asif Ali Zardari replaced after elections in 2008.

Farahnaz Ispahani, a spokeswoman for Zardari, told AFP that Kausar’s appointment was an administrative decision designed to improve governance.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, provincial information minister and member of the ruling Awami National Party (ANP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province paid tribute to the outgoing governor and said there were no objections to what he called a “routine change”.

Kausar is the second PPP governor appointed in a month. On January 11, Zardari appointed former attorney general Sardar Latif Khosa as governor of Punjab province to replace assassinated PPP member Salmaan Taseer.

Pakistan’s northwest is on the front line of the US-led war on al Qaeda with the tribal belt subject to a covert American drone campaign authorised by the government, but hugely unpopular among Pakistanis.

The region is also subject to near daily bomb and gun attacks blamed on homegrown Taliban militants, which years of Pakistani military offensives have failed to quell.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Rahim afridi
    Feb 8, 2011 - 6:11PM

    i appreciated Mr. Asif Ali Zardri President of Pakistan and co-chairman of PPP to appoint Mr. Masood Kausar as a new Governor KPK. Mr. Masood Kausar is a capable, Devoted and suitable personality for said position. Honorable President always take excellent decision in the best interest of the state and public. Recommend

  • sohai
    Feb 9, 2011 - 12:11AM

    very good Recommend

  • Feb 9, 2011 - 12:24AM

    we appreciate the decision of president to appoint such an intelligent man as governer of kp pak.we congratulate the good decisionRecommend

  • Feb 9, 2011 - 7:41AM

    the decission taken in the best intrest of the kpk masood kausoor is aproper and best replacement of owai ghani baidlly faild governor of kpk. prof nasir khattakRecommend

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