Former top cop Khan joins as Governor's Advisor

Former top cop and  BJP leader Farooq Khan took over as Advisor to Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday.

Khan, the Governor’s fifth advisor, is expected to focus on security and strategic affairs in keeping with the work he has done in the state in the past. “I am honoured and thankful that the Prime Minister and Home Minister gave me this task and I am sure that I will be able to perform to the best of my abilities,” the retired IPS officer told PTI.

The other Advisors to the Governor are K Vijay Kumar, K Sikandan, KhursheedGanai and K K Sharma.

Khan met the Governor soon after taking over and discussed issues related to development and security in the state, officials said.

Officials privy to developments added that Khan, 65, enjoys the confidence of Prime Minister NarendraModi and Home Minister Amit Shah and will be making changes in strategies to curb militancy in the state. He resigned recently as administrator in the union territory of Lakshadweep.

After his retirement in 2013 as an IGP and head of the Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy in Udhampur, Khan joined the BJP in 2014. He was probably the only leader who was made national secretary of the BJP and also made in-charge of Northeast.  Khan is a recipient of President’s police medal for meritorious service and many commendations by the Army and other security agencies.