Who is Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Caretaker Prime Minister?

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Pakhtoon nationalist leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai, who is also chairman of the Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) is all set to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan for the caretaker setup. Not only all the political parties have agreed on his name, the judiciary and establishment have also shown their satisfaction on his name.

As usual there is a fly in the ointment. Fazlur Rehman, the leading hypocrite of Pakistan, has refused to accept Achakzai as premier. He has cited the reason that on some seats in Balochistan there would be one to one competition between his party and PKMAP. Who cares about those seats. The actual reason is that Fazlur Rehman was lobbying very very hard to become caretaker premier, but no party wanted to trust him including the state organs. They all know that this person can do anything for the rule and rupee. Thankfully he was left out and now he is bent on destroying this harmony.

Tahir ul Qadri’s long march is likely to be deflated by the announcement of making Achakzai as caretaker prime minister. When PPP, PMLN, PTI, MQM, PML-Q, and others would vocally support that with may be a welcoming statement from the ISPR, Tahir would have very weak case to make. Media, which is already not accepting Tahir’s version of change, will rip long march apart. So this is ACE card which is very likely to be played very soon.

Achakzai’s nomination is in fact a good thing. It would put a little bit of balm on the wounds of Balochistan, and it would send a good message across. Though Achakzai has been very vocal in showing his anger against the so-called Punjab’s hegemony, more recently he has shown mainstream national approach, which is another good feather. He now understands that Pakistan is a multi nation state consisting of the historic motherlands of Punjabis, Sindhis, Pakhtoons, Balochs and Seraikis, who should live in harmony with each other. The parliament must be sovereign, and that military and secret agencies must have no role in state affairs.

But then again nothing is certain in the motherland. Anything can happen to derail this process. Tahir ul Qadri may refuse to accept that and stat agitation, and there are elements who would fan that. But let’s hope for the good.

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