| Updated at: 1620 PST, Tuesday, February 08, 2011|
ISLAMABAD: Barrister Masood Kausar has been appointed Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He would replace Owais Ahmad Ghani.
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. He certainly has his detractors in the PPP and despite past speculations, Masood Kausar hasn't been assigned any official position in his party's government since the 2008 general elections.
Owais Ghani, the nephew of freedom fighter Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar and cousin of a couple of former army generals, had dabbled in politics and served as provincial head of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf before he became a minister in the then NWFP in General Pervez Musharraf's military regime. Later he was elevated to the federal cabinet and then made the governor of Balochistan. He served there for four-and-a-half years and was then made the governor of his native province on January 8, 2008. It must be a record of sorts to serve for such a long period as governor in two provinces.