KP Govt Takes Back Home Ministry Though Filled after 41 Years

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Friday, 19 February 2016 20:30

PESHAWAR: In a new development, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has taken back the portfolio of the minister for home and tribal affairs from Mehmood Khan. He now holds ministry of sports, culture, archaeology, museums and youth affairs.

The cabinet wing of the provincial government issued a notification in this regard on Thursday. The notification modified the department’s previous modification issued on January 19, under which Mehmood was given the portfolio of home department.

The earlier move which gave the home ministry to Mehmood was welcomed in political and bureaucratic circles of K-P as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government had appointed a home minister, a slot filled after 41 years. However, Mehmood could only keep the slot for a month.

Although he could not be reached despite many attempts, an official close to him revealed Mehmood had himself asked for it. “He was not happy with the tussle between officers, which is why he was pushing for the change,” said the official seeking anonymity.

Explaining the reasons, the official referred to the ongoing tension between K-P police and the provincial bureaucracy, particularly the chief secretary and the home department over the drafts of the K-P police reforms.

“Mehmood said, ‘The officers are not obeying each other, then how can they follow my directions. Therefore, it is better for me to switch departments’,” the official said quoting Mehmood.

Mehmood’s Public Relations Officer Imtiaz Ahmed echoed the sentiment and said, “The minister will now be able to better serve the people from his area.” Ahmed added, Imran Khan, who takes keen interest in sports, was happy with his performance, which is why he switched Mehmood’s portfolio.

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