Asif Durrani to become new Balochistan Governor
The federal government has decided to appoint Asif Durrani as the new Governor of Balochistan reported 24News HD TV channel Thursday.
Asif Ali Khan Durrani has also served as Additional Secretary in the Foreign Ministry. He joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1986 and served in various diplomatic postings in New Delhi, Tehran, New York, Kabul and London.
Asif Durrani holds a master's degree from the University of Balochistan in Quetta, and a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked Balochistan Governor retired Justice Amanullah Khan Yasinzai to step down, saying he intends to appoint a new governor in view of the "transformed political challenges" facing Pakistan.
In a letter to Yasinzai, Prime Minister Imran said he was unable to see the governor in person due to the prevalent Covid-19 situation in the country. "It has been a pleasure to have worked with you, striving for creation of a welfare state and especially looking after the problems of people of the province of Balochistan," the premier wrote. "However, given the current political situation, dexterity and deftness is needed at this Juncture for a delicate balancing act to simultaneously ensure political inclusion and fulfilment of our commitment towards the people of Pakistan."
In view of the above, Imran said, "I intend to appoint a new governor in Balochistan and would, therefore, request you to resign."
"This, of course, does not in any way reflect adversely on your competence or performance; it is just that the transformed political challenges Pakistan faces at present require, I believe, a change," the prime minister emphasised.
Reporter Sagheer Chaudhary