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Khalid Aziz

Khalid Aziz joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1969. He has accumulated years of experience as a field officer. He was Political Agent of Khyber, Orakzai and North Waziristan tribal agencies. He was also Deputy Commissioner of Mardan and Peshawar and later Commissioner of Peshawar, Kohat and D.I Khan Divisions. He headed the economic development of NWFP and tribal areas for six years as its Additional Chief Secretary and latter became Chief Secretary of NWFP & FATA in 1996.

He was the Chief Negotiator of NWFP for the successful distribution of the Indus River Water amongst the provinces in 1991. As Chief Secretary, he pioneered the introduction of adult franchise in tribal areas for the 1997 general elections. He was also the first Director General of Accountability, when the post was created in 1998. He remained Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister for Accountability.

He now heads the Regional Institute of Policy Research & Training, Peshawar an independent think tank assisting in training, advocacy and formulating alternate policy proposals. RIPORT also carries out research as well as projects in conflict affected areas aimed at improving social, security and political conditions in the region. More information is available at www.riport.org.

He was a member of the Pak-Afghan Peace Jirga that was convened in Kabul in 2007 for finding ways to end conflict in the region. He remained an advisor on capacity building for FATA (Tribal Areas of Pakistan).

The KPK government appointed him as its Advisor to National Finance Commission in August 2009. He also advises the KPK Govt on Energy and Natural Resources issues and other matters.

Khalid Aziz holds a Master's degree in Political Science from Peshawar University and has studied both at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. From the latter he obtained an M.Phil in Development Studies in 1981.

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