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Pakistan

Web Desk
April 21, 2019

Nisar may become next Punjab CM if Buzdar is shown the door: report

Pakistan

Web Desk
Sun, Apr 21, 2019

LAHORE: Senior politician Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is expected to  take oath as member of Punjab Assembly next week months after winning the seat in July 2018 election.

According to Geo News correspondent, it would be the first time  that the Chaudhry from Chakri would be taking oath as the  MPA. 

Previously, he had retained  National Assembly seat despite winning  from  Punjab Assembly seat in 2013. 

The TV channel reported that Chaudhry Nisar's sudden decision to take oath as  MPA and the recent shuffling of Federal Cabinet have given rise to speculations that estranged PML-N leader could emerge as  strong candidate for the coveted post of Punjab chief minister.   

 Quoting political analysts, the correspondent said  Nisar's reputation for being a good administrator could win him chief ministership of the country's second largest province.

Prime Minister Imrn Khan set in motion major changes in his cabinet on Thursday, with Asad Umar becoming  the first minister to  relinquish the charge of finance ministry.

Umar said he was asked to assume charge as energy minister but he refused .

Hours later, information minister Fawad Chaudhry and  State Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi, Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Health Minister Amir Kayani were asked to step down.

Speaking a public rally near Afghan border in Orakzai, Prime Minister Imran Khan hinted that more changes , using cricket analogy.

The premier said   minister would face change of portfolios or removal from the cabinet if their performance was not found up to the mark.

Imran Khan also  asked KP chief minister Mahmood Khan and Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar to "keep an eye" on their teams.