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September 19, 2020

KP cabinet members reshuffled

National

September 19, 2020

PESHAWAR: After several days of deliberations, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Friday reshuffled portfolios of certain ministers, advisors and special assistants.

The aim was to adjust some of the new cabinet members who were recently administered oaths, but portfolios were not assigned to them yet. There were reports that some of the cabinet members reportedly wanted to have better and prized portfolios of choice, making it difficult for the chief minister to keep everybody happy.

However, from the distribution of the portfolios, it seemed the chief minister didn’t face any internal or external pressure. The party sources said there was no pressure from any side on the chief minister.

He had discussed the issue with the prime minister and was given a free hand in assigning portfolios to the cabinet members, claimed a Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader. Most of the people in PTI were particularly keen to know about the portfolio assigned to a previously influential cabinet member, Shahram Khan Tarakai.

Shahram was minister of health when he and his close relative Mohammad Atif Khan along with the third minister, Shakeel Ahmad were ousted by the chief minister from the cabinet for misconduct.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered their sacking from the cabinet for allegedly creating groups in the PTI. However, only Shahram Tarakai was adjusted in the cabinet and given the portfolio of Elementary and Secondary Education.

According to sources, the chief minister had personally informed Prime Minister Imran Khan that he would not accommodate Atif Khan in the cabinet as he was not happy with his attitude and the way he used to criticise government policies. There were also reports that Atif Khan had refused to accept the reconciliation offer by Governor Shah Farman.

Shahram later came alone to the Governor’s House and met the chief minister. According to sources, Shahram expected an attractive portfolio, particularly Health, Local Government, Elections and Rural Development or Education.

Shahram was minister for health in the first PTI government. He had replaced Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan, and was doing well but then developed issues with the chief minister. Another newly inducted cabinet member, Anwar Zeb Khan, who belongs to Bajaur tribal district, was made minister for Zakat and Ushr.

Akbar Ayub Khan, who earlier held Elementary and Secondary Education, was now assigned the prized portfolio of LG, Elections and Rural Development. The portfolio of cabinet member Qalandar Lodhi was also changed.

He was given Revenue and Estate ministry while his portfolio food was assigned to Khaliqur Rahman, special assistant to the chief minister. Khaliqur Rahman earlier held the Higher Education Department (HED). The HED portfolio was now awarded to Kamran Bangash, special assistant to the chief minister.

Kamran Bangash will also hold additional responsibility of Information and Public Relations. Another special assistant to the chief minister, Riaz Khan, was given Communication and Works instead of his prior responsibility, Public Health Engineering.