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Khalid Kheshgi
Monday, June 17, 2013
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PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak would appoint five lawmakers as his advisors, including his political ally Mian Jamshed-ud-Din Kakakhel from his native Nowshera district.

 

According to sources, Mian Jamshed-ud-Din and four other MPAs belonging to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would be appointed advisors to the chief minister. Three more lawmakers would be inducted as his special assistants. A notification in this regard will be issued on Monday, the sources added.

 

Mian Jamshed-ud-Din was elected MPA from Nowshera. He has been an ally of Pervez Khattak for years and has been joining and quitting political parties, including PPP-S, PPP and PTI along with him. Pervez Khattak wanted to make him a minister but he had to induct PTI MPA from Dera Ismail Khan, Ali Amin Gandapur in his place in the cabinet reportedly on Imran Khan’s recommendation. He would now be compensated by naming him as advisor and also assigning him a portfolio.

 

Pervez Khattak has been accused of getting elected three of his close relatives to the National Assembly on women reserved seats from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He is also planning to field his nephew and son-in-law for the NA-5 Nowshera by-election, which he had vacated after opting for provincial assembly seat he had won in the May 11 election.

 

Pervez Khattak had also obtained Senate ticket for his another son-in-law Adnan Khan when he was part of the previous ANP-PPP coalition government in the province. Pervez Khattak had been elected to the provincial assembly on PPP-S ticket in the 2008 polls but later he joined the PPP to become a minister on the PPP’s quota.

 

However, he resigned from the cabinet in late 2011 and joined the PTI. He contested intra-party polls for provincial president but lost to Asad Qaiser. Pervez Khattak was then elected as central general secretary of the party and nominated for the chief minister office after the PTI emerged as largest political party in the general election.