Pakistan News: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday appointed a close political ally as governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 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 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.
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 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 Salman Taseer.