Provincial cabinets of KP and Punjab take oath

15 ministers in KP and 18 ministers in Punjab have been inducted in cabinets.

Irshadullah Khan

PESHAWAR: Fifteen Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ministers who have been inducted into the provincial cabinet took oath in a prestigious ceremony held at the Governor’s House on Wednesday.

The induction of the ministers into the provincial cabinet was notified by the KP government’s administration department following a summary of Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur, approved by KP Governor Haji Ghulam Ali.

 The members include Arshad Ayub Khan, Shakeel Ahmad, Fazal Hakim Khan, Muhammad Adnan Qadri, Aqib Ullah Khan, Muhammad Sajjad, Meena Khan, and Fazal Shakoor.

Nazir Ahmad Abbasi, Pakhtoon Yar Khan, Aftab Alam Khan Afridi, Khaleeq Ur Rehman, Syed Qasim Ali Shah, Faisal Khan Tarakai, and Muhammad Zahir Shah are also part of the cabinet. Subsequently, the newly-elected KP CM Gandapur also sent a summary to the governor to recommend appointments of his advisers, which was also approved by the governor.

Following the CM’s advice, five advisers have been appointed, including Syed Fakhar Jehan, Muzamil Aslam, Muhammad Ali Saif, Mashal Azam, and Zahid Chanzeb. Yesterday, Gandapur received a nod of approval from incarcerated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan after a meeting with him in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.

After finalising the cabinet members, the chief minister did not disclose their names, as he was under pressure by certain factions within the party to accommodate their nominees. Interestingly, a majority of those considered and approved as cabinet members by the PTI founder were unaware of their selection.

“Some of the cabinet members and their portfolios have been approved but I can’t mention them,” a PTI leader claimed. Pleading anonymity, he added that every PTI MPA in the provincial assembly expected to be included in the cabinet, which he said, was not possible. After being nominated for the KP chief ministership, Gandapur signalled inducting new faces, up to more than 50%, into the next provincial cabinet, giving them a chance to represent the citizens in the assembly.

As per the party’s internal perception about Gandapur’s nomination for the KP’s top slot, the PTI workers backed the decision and termed his nomination the best choice. Elaborating on his plans to run the new provincial government, the politician proposed widescale reforms in health, education, social welfare, and other public sectors. Gandapur also promised the resumption of work on the projects halted by the caretaker set-up besides continuing health cards, langar khanas (soup kitchen), and other welfare projects.

Punjab cabinet 

Governor Muhammad Baleegh-ur-Rehman administered oath to the 18 ministers of Punjab cabinet in the presence of Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz.

The members of cabinet who took oath include Maryam Aurangzeb-Senior Minister, Azma Bukhari, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain, Muhammad Kazim Peerzada, Rana Sikandar Hayat, Khawaja Salman Rafique, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Zeeshan Rafique, Bilal Akbar Khan, Bilal Yaseen, Ramesh Singh Arora, Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Faisal Ayub, Sohaib Ahmad Malik, Shaafey Hussain, Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani, Sohail Shaukat Butt and Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman.

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