PESHAWAR: Four Pakistani lawmakers Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly including former provincial ministers Mohammad Atif Khan and Shakeel Ahmad will take the oath as members of the provincial cabinet today, senior party leaders told The News.
According to Kamran Khan Bangash, special assistant to the chief information minister and spokesman for the provincial government, two other MPAs, including Fazal Shakoor Khan from Charsadda district and Dera Ismail Khan’s Faisal Amin Gandapur will also be part of the cabinet.
Atif Khan is from Mardan while Shakeel Ahmad is from the Malakand district. Fazal Shakoor Khan, who is known to change parties, and Faisal Amin Gandapur, brother of federal minister Ali Amin Gandapur, will be the two new faces in the cabinet.
According to Kamran Bangash and other PTI sources, the minister’s portfolio will be decided later. “It is the prime minister’s prerogative to decide on the ministerial portfolio,” a cabinet member close to the chief minister told The News on condition of anonymity.
Atif Khan and Shakeel Ahmad along with Shahram Khan Tarakai were part of the cabinet when they developed differences with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and were removed from the cabinet in January 2020 on the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan on disciplinary grounds. Sports, culture and tourism, Shahram Tarakai is minister of health, while Shakeel Ahmad is minister of revenue and plantations.
Shahram Tarakai, originally from the rich and famous Tarakai family of Swabi, then resolved matters with the chief minister and was brought back into the cabinet. He holds a basic education portfolio.
Prime Minister Imran Khan stepped in several months ago and resolved differences between Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Atif Khan. He invited the two of them together with Governor Shah Farman to the PM House for the meeting. Previously, he had given up complete trust in the chief minister and empowered him to either bring Atif Khan back into his cabinet or expel him.
Shah Farman has played a major role in resolving the differences between Mahmood Khan and Atif Khan. Earlier, Shah Farman had resolved the differences between the chief minister and Shahram Tarakai.