PESHAWAR: Following the resignation of Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan as governor of Khyber Pakhtun­khwa, Defence Secretary retired Lt Gen Mohammad Alam Khan Khattak is likely to be appointed to the coveted post, according to sources.

Hailing from Nowshera district, Mr Khattak served in several important positions before his retirement from Pakistan Army in 2013. He was appointed as the defence secretary in Aug 2014.

He served as inspector general of the Frontier Corps from 2006 to 2008, at a time when the force was fighting against militants in tribal regions.

Mohammad Alam Khattak was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in Sept 2009 and appointed as chief of the logistics staff. Later, he served as corps commander of the Southern Corps, based in Quetta.

The sources said the decision to appoint Mr Khattak as governor of Khyber Pakhtun­khwa had been taken in view of his experience.

Published in Dawn, February 10th, 2016

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