President appoints Muhammad Khan Achakzai as Governor Balochistan

Published: June 11, 2013
Muhammad is the elder brother of PkMAK senior vice president Mehmood Khan Achakzai. PHOTO: FILE

Muhammad is the elder brother of PkMAK senior vice president Mehmood Khan Achakzai. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has appointed Muhammad Khan Achakzai as Governor Balochistan, Express News reported on Tuesday.

The decision was taken on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Muhammad is the elder brother of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) senior vice president Mehmood Khan Achakzai.

It was earlier reported that the party’s central secretary general, Akram Shah, was likely to be nominated for the slot.

Three other politicians Nawab Ayaz Jogezai, Dr Kalimullah Khan and Dr Hamid Achakzai – PkMAP chief’s younger brother – were also in with a chance, party sources had said.

On June 9, the president accepted resignation of Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfikar Ali Magsi.

President Zardari took time to accept the resignation as he had to administer oath to the newly elected chief minister.

Magsi has remained governor of Balochistan since 2008. He had announced his resignation following a power-sharing deal between three coalition partners – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), PkMAP and National Pakistan (NP) – in Balochistan. On June 2, the three parties agreed to nominate Dr Abdul Malik of NP as chief minister and said that the next governor would be from PkMAP.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Tahir Ali
    Jun 11, 2013 - 2:22PM

    Why brother,why not the most capable and competent person as Governor.When will this family affair stop!


  • A J Khan
    Jun 11, 2013 - 2:23PM

    Welcome. Hopefully you wouldmake provincial finance commission for fair distribution of funds, and also ensure merit based education system in Balochistan.


  • nasir
    Jun 11, 2013 - 3:39PM

    correct mehmood instead muhammadRecommend

  • Ahmad Khan Looni
    Jun 11, 2013 - 4:05PM

    @Tahir Ali:
    Because, a heavy weight figur was needed who can confront the heavy eights in the establishment. In addition, it’s good as the whole responndibility of fixing the morass in Balochistan, now directly rests on the shoulder of Mr. Mehmood Khan. Not an easy task.


  • Baloch
    Jun 11, 2013 - 6:23PM

    How unfortunate of us whenever i see the map of Balochistan, my mind automatically thinks of bullet-riddled bodies.
    May God bring peace in Balochistan, if there is no progress in this 5 years term then no one can bring peace in Balochistan within Pakistan, last and final chance for the government and military if they are sincere to keep Balochistan as their so-called “integral part”


  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Jun 11, 2013 - 6:59PM

    @Tahir Ali:
    Governor has no powers at all for running and administering of province. So whosoever is appointed, lets just congrats him!


  • Prince Baloch
    Jun 11, 2013 - 7:29PM

    Baloch-Pashtoon alliance in collaboration with a Punjabi leader make the things reliable and put the cart on the same track as it was badly hit by a dictator with his fist hovering and warning Baloch of their unfortunate fate.. Please ,Please raise your voice for the truth otherwise, you would definitely sharing the crime equally, be that a middle class Baloch, Sardar ,Nawab ,or a Pashtoon leader deciding the destiny of this unfortunate region..


  • Raja Islam
    Jun 11, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Why has Ishrat-ul- Ibad not resigned yet?


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jun 11, 2013 - 10:42PM

    This is the beginning of a wonderful start and the credit for this magnamity goes to PMLN.

    For the first-ever time in Balochistan’s history, both the Chief Minister and Governor are highly educated people.

    Long Live Pakistan!


  • M. A. Changezi
    Jun 12, 2013 - 3:39PM

    @Muslim Leaguer: depends how you define ‘highly educated’.


  • pakhtun thinker
    Jun 13, 2013 - 12:46AM

    Such a shocking and disapointing news that Mahmood khan favoured his own brother to become governor, instead of selecting any other competrnt pashtoon leader from party.. we are greatly ashamed of Mahmood khan our so called leader for preserving ‘8’seats of Govt for mere his family only.. disgusting!


  • Achakzai
    Jun 15, 2013 - 3:41PM

    What should mehmood khan do, when his party is loaded with incompetent slot. dr. kaleem is a simple MBBS, and is a man with limited scope. Akram shah is a name no body knows except harnai. Usman kakar can not even speak good URDU and shivers on stage. There is no body left behind. The current Governer Muhammad khan is a Harvard graduate and being ex- civil servant and chief economist at least he can deliver better as comopared to any one else from Pashtoonkhwa. Nawab Ayaz is a no caliber man. As a senator one should ask him, what he delivered in Killasaifulla, and what is his education, and how he talks at least Media should some day take some interview of him, to expose him, also an userper of DUKI’s Coal mines, of Pashtoon belt in Balochistan. What Mehmood Khan did is a righteous decision at the moment for this province.


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