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Jan Muhammad Khan Achakzai

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Profile
Jan Achakzai is Spokesperson of Moulana Fazalur Rahman, JUI Pakistan's Chief

Biography

Jan Muhammad Khan Achakzai is a politician, journalist/analyst, writer, business person, author and human rights activist.

Achakzai attended, University of Baluchistan, Quetta and University of London, London.

After his education, Achakzai spent ten years in Quetta, western Pakistan, attempting to organize a political moment against the Pakistani military dictatorship of General Ziaul Haq. After restoration of democracy in Pakistan, he turned his attention to writing about his homeland.

From 1999-2007, he worked with the BBC World Service in London. Prior to Radio broadcasting career, He was associated with a newspaper, Baluchistan Times, from 1994 to 1999. He authored Quetta Gazzette in 1994-95. He is known in journalistic circles in London, Washington and Pakistan.

He has widely contributed to various newspapers in Pakistan on issues of democracy, nationalism, ethnicity and relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, etc.

In his youth, he was a political activist and was deeply involved in student politics.� Achakzai has expertise on ethnicity in Pakistan. He has highlighted the plight of Pashtun community in his articles.

Achakzai was born in 1970 in a small village called �Tangae� in Pishin District of Northern Baluchistan (Southern Pashtunkhwa), located in� south� western part of�� Pakistan,� to Haji Abdul Nabi Khan and Sarah Khan.

Mr Khan was a tall bodied healthy man who died at the age of nearly 100 years. He was involved in business in Southern India before the partition of Sub Continent. He spent almost 18 years in Chennai (Maddras) Poona and Mumbai. He left a deep mark on Achakzai�s personality.� When his first wife died, he married to Sarah Khan. Achakzai says �My mother was a kind and loving house wife and raised a big family in a very difficult circumstances�.

His elder brother Late Zarif Khan Achakzai who died in a very tragic event in his 40s, deeply touched, Achakzai.

Achakzai� married to Dr Zara Kakar in 2001 who works for NHS in UK.

He studied Economics, Government and Politics, at the University of London.


Jan Achakzai is currently Minister/Advisor in Balochistan government advising the Chief Minister/Government on Media and strategic communication. He is politically affiliated with the ruling PML-N party of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, and works as it's Central Leader and spokesperson for the party on the national and international media. Earlier, he worked as close aid to JUI-F Cheif Maulana Fazalur Rahman. He has also been involved in track 2 diplomacy on Afghan reconciliation during Karzai government. He has recently been to France to lobby for government on Kashmir human rights situation and investment in Balochistan, meeting various think-tanks, media, foreign office establishment and Parliamentarians. Besides, politics, he has a background in journalism, having been associated with the BBC World in London and also joined many Thanks-Tanks in the U.K, covered South Asia as a BBC Analyst/journalist. He has in-depth knowledge, and expertise on terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation in the region. He studied economics, politics and development from the University of London, UK.

 
 
 
 
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