Haji Ghulam Ali of JUI-F appointed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor

At last, the federal government has been able to appoint a permanent governor in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as JUI-F leader Haji Ghulam Ali was appointed for the office on Wednesday.

The move comes after President Arif Alvi signed a summary sent by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif earlier in the day after selecting Ghulam Ali for the purpose.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa did not have a permanent governor since the resignation of Shah Farman – a PTI leader – who left the office on April 11 this year after the change of government in Islamabad.

PTI’s Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, being the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly speaker, is currently serving.

Initially, it was thought that ANP senior leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain would replace Shah Farman but the JUI-F chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, insisted that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor should be from his party.

Shehbaz, in the summary, referred to Article 101 to advise the president to appoint Ghulam Ali as the governor and sign the Commission of Appointment.

Ghulam Ali has previously served as a senator from March 2009 to March 2015. He remained a member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Board of Investment and Trade from September 2012 to September 2015.

Moreover, Ghulam Ali also served as the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting from 2009 to 2012.

The JUI-F leader — who is the father of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s son-in-law Fayaz Ali — was also awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2012.

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