QWP back in KP Govt with 2 Lawmakers Oath Taking

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 20 October 2015 12:10

PESHAWAR: Two lawmakers of Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) to take oath as ministers on Tuesday re-joining Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

Besides, two QWP MPAs, including Arshad Khan and Abdul Karim Khan, will also be made special assistant and adviser to the chief minister.

Provincial Governor Mahtab Ahmad Khan will administer the oath to the new ministers, including Sikandar Khan Sherpao and Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli, at the Governor’s House.

Sikandar Sherpao, parliamentary leader of the QWP, will be the senior minister for home and tribal affairs as well as irrigation departments, while Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli, the QWP general secretary, will be given the portfolios of the mines and minerals as well as labour and manpower.

MPAs Arshad Khan and Abdul Karim Khan will be made either special assistant or adviser to the chief minister with the former taking care of technical education and the former industries and commerce.

When contacted, information minister Mushtaq Ghani confirmed the new QWP ministers would take oath of their offices today (Tuesday).

He, however, expressed ignorance about the names of the new cabinet members saying he was not part of the consultation in this respect.

Ghani said a PTI minister had to quit the cabinet to accommodate a QWP MPA.

He said though the minister quitting the cabinet had yet to be named, a decision about it was expected shortly.

Earlier, it was speculated that one of two ministers from Abbottabad, including Mushtaq Ghani and food minister Qalandar Khan Lodhi, would quit the cabinet for the QWP lawmaker.

When contacted, Lodhi expressed ignorance about it. He said probably, a decision had been made on who to quit the cabinet but he didn’t know about it.

About the award of irrigation portfolio, Lodhi said it was a demand of QWP.

Last month, the QWP and the PTI had made an agreement on sharing power in the province and signed a seven-point MoU for it.

The QWP had become part of the ruling coalition in the province after the PTI formed the government in the wake of the May 2013 polls.

However, the PTI ousted it from the government on November 9, 2013 by sacking its both ministers, including Sikandar Hayat Sherpao and Bakht Baider Khan, on corruption charges.

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