May 052008
 

Eng. Zmarak Khan AchakziEngineer Zmarak Khan Achakzai belongs to a respectable family of the Qilla Abdullah, district of Balochistan. His family has been playing an active role in politics since Bacha Khan's Khudai Khidmatgar Tehreek; his grandfather Malik Ayub Khan was also jailed with Bacha Khan and Khan Shaheed Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai because of his political struggle. His family played a leading role in the formation of the National Awami Party (NAP) and is now leading the Awami National Party (ANP) in Balochistan. Besides politics, his family has been managing the tribal affairs of the Piralezai clan in the area.

Born in 1962 in Aramzai Piralezai village of Qilla Abdullah to Hayatullah Khan, Zmarak Khan Achakzai got his initial education in his native village. Later, he studied at Tameer-e-Nau College and Quetta Science College. He did his BSc in Electrical Technology from Engineering University Peshawar in 1987 and started his political career from the platform of the Pakhtoon Students Federation (PSF). He remained PSF's president in both Quetta Science College and Engineering University Peshawar.
After completing his engineering degree, Zmarak Khan did a number of jobs related to his field of study. For example, he was involved in the construction of the Balochistan High Court building and he also worked with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for six years. In 2006, when his uncle Ghulam Sarwar Piralezai –who was the then ANP Balochistan president– died, he was given the responsibility of managing the Piralezai clan's tribal affairs.
Zmarak Khan also joined the ANP to fill the void created by the death of his uncle, and was elected as the party's Balochistan general secretary last year. In the last general elections, he was elected as a member of the Balochistan Assembly from Qilla Abdullah (PB-12). He has also been nominated as the ANP's parliamentary leader in the Balochistan Assembly and has been made the province's revenue minister.

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