Peshawar: President Asif Ali Zardari has appointed Barrister Masood Kausar as new Governor of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province. The Governor-designate called on the President at Aiwan-e-Sadr here Tuesday and discussed with him about his new responsibilities. The President congratulated him on his appointment as Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Governor. Barrister Masood Kausar is successor of Owais Ahmad Ghani. No sooner had Owais Ahmad Ghani completed his three years as Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on January 8, 2011 reports started circulating that he was on his way out.
He was elected MPA from KP Assembly in 1988 and 1990 according to the reports. Masood Kausar, the brother of noted Urdu poet Ahmad Faraz, is a long-time PPP member and has served on important positions in the party and the government. This is first time Masood Kausar has been assigned any official position in PPP government since the 2008 general elections. He has been the Speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa . Barrister Masood Kausar has showed determination to bring peace in FATA.
Certain remarks by Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti from ANP as coalition partner of PPP government, wanted to have its own Governer. However If it is true that the ANP and PPP have finally agreed on a consensus candidate for the governor’s position.
The Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the appointed Head of State of the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The governor is designated by the Prime Minister and is normally regarded a ceremonial post. However, throughout the history of Pakistan, the powers of the provincial governors were vastly increased, when the provincial assemblies were dissolved and the administrative role came under direct control of the governors, as in the cases of martial laws of 1958-1972 and 1977-1985, and governor rules of 1999-2002. In the case of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there were two direct governor rules, in 1975 and 1994, when the provincial Chief Ministers of those times were removed and assemblies dissolved.