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Shaukat says KP ministers performance being monitored

MINGORA: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shaukat Ali Yousafzai on Sunday said the performance of all provincial ministers was being monitored and only those performing well and up to the expectations of Prime Minister Imran Khan would retain the position.

Addressing a press conference at Swat Press Club, the minister said Imran Khan signified a change and was determined to bring about a positive change in the lives of Pakistanis.

“There is no threat to democracy in the country. The corrupt politicians would cry out to save the money they have looted,” he said and added that Imran Khan, in principle, had decided not to let any corrupt politician in the best interest of the country.

He said that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Peshawar, was aimed at providing better transport facilities to the citizens of the provincial metropolis.

The minister criticised the rivals and accused them of launching negative propaganda against the project and said the propaganda would not serve the interests of the country.

Shaukat Yousafzai said on the directives of the prime minister, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan was monitoring the performance of his provincial cabinet members. He added that changes to the provincial cabinet could not be ruled out.

Replying to a question about the estranged leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, to be considered for the slot of the Punjab chief minister, he said he (Ch Nisar) would be considered for any provincial or federal portfolio only after he joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The minister lauded the sacrifices of the Swat-based journalists during the militancy.

He assured that the PTI government would take steps to resolve problems being faced by the journalist community, especially those working in the conflict zones.

Shaukat Yousafzai said the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM)’s demands were right but their approach to the fulfilment of these goals was not based on ground reality.

He said the PTI government in KP and the centre were working to end the sense of deprivation of Pashtuns, adding apart from the KP government, most of the federal ministers were Pashtuns as well.

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