Akram Khan Durrani

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Akram Khan Durrani, Rahimullah Yusufzai
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, September 16 2005 (http://www.khyber.org)


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Akram Khan Durrani

Rahimullah Yusufzai

Taking Oath as Chief Minister NWFP (Fr. 2002)

Publishing Date: Friday, September 16 2005

Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal's Akram Khan Durrani is the 21st Chief Minister of the North West Frontier Province. His oath was administered by the NWFP Governor Lt-Gen (retd) Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah in the presence of the Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali.

The 42-year old Durrani belongs to Maulana Fazlur Rahman's JUI, which is the largest component of the MMA. He was elected MPA from the southern Bannu district in the October 10, 2002 general elections.

The NWFP Assembly elected him as leader of the House on November 29, 2002. He is the second JUI chief minister after Maulana Mufti Mahmud, the late father of Maulana Fazlur Rahman who ruled NWFP for about nine months in 1972-73.

On the same occasion, Sirajul Haq, designated as senior provincial minister, was also administered oath of his office by the Governor. He belongs to Jamaat-e-Islami, which is the second biggest component of the MMA, and was elected MPA from Lower Dir district.

Jamali, who flew back to Islamabad later, used his flying visit to Peshawar not only to attend chief minister Durrani's oath-taking but also hold talks with the senior MMA leaders. It was probably the first time in the Frontier that a prime minister made an appearance at the oath-taking of the chief minister, that too someone belonging to an opposition party.

It was the most crowded oath-taking ceremony of a chief minister in the NWFP in recent years. The invitees were more than 1,000 and it was due to the large numbers that the oath-taking ceremony was held outdoors rather than in the Darbar Hall of the Governor's House where such events normally take place. Most of the invitees were from the clergy side.

Besides more than 100 MPAs and a large number of MNAs and government officials, the ceremony was attended by hundreds of MMA activists mostly bearded and turbaned, many among them had stepped into the sprawling Governor's House for the first time and appeared over-awed by its grandeur. Some were heard commenting that the gates of such huge mansions had finally been opened to commoners like them on account of the MMA's electoral victory.

Unlike the previous day when MMA MPAs shouted Allah-o-Akbar (God is Great) slogans in the NWFP Assembly after Durrani's election as chief minister, there was no sloganeering at the Governor's House on Saturday. Despite their large numbers, the MMA activists maintained discipline while quietly savouring victory. There was no doubt a rush on the food tables at the time of Iftar but in the end there was enough for everyone to eat.

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Akram Khan Durrani, Rahimullah Yusufzai
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, September 16 2005 (http://www.khyber.org)