ISLAMABAD: The prime minister on Saturday approved Hamid Ali Khan as the national coordinator of the Nation Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta).
According to details available, Khan is a BS-22 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, and will be the first full-time chief of the counter terrorism body since it was formed in 2008. His previous assignment was secretary of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD).
Khan will replace Shahid Khan, the secretary interior who was handling duties of Nacta’s national coordinator as an additional charge.
Khan has previously served at various positions in the government that have directly or indirectly dealt with counter terrorism. Prior to serving his role in the CADD, he was working as the additional secretary Interior Ministry where he was dealing with capacity building of law enforcement agencies, counter terrorism programmes, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and coordinating courses by donor agencies for enhancing the capacity of security agencies in the country.
Prior to joining the civil service, Khan had served for 12 years at various field and staff appointments in the Pakistan Navy. He has graduated from National Defense University and holds a Masters degree in Defense and Strategic Studies.
The decision comes nearly five months after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had ordered the placement of the Nacta under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat as mentioned in NACTA Act 2013.
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