QUETTA - Eleven new members to the provincial cabinet of Balochistan would likely take the oath on Monday [today].
Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai would administer the oath during a ceremony scheduled for five o’ clock in the evening at the Governor’s House.
With new inductions, the number of ministers in the cabinet would go up to 14.
According to sources, eleven new members – five from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, and three each from Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and National Party – are being sworn in, after a consensus on expanding the cabinet was reached at last. Following the May 11 general elections, differences emerged among the three parties over the portfolios. It took them four months to remove those differences.
Reportedly, Nawabzada Changez Marri, Sardar Sarfraz Domki, Sarfraz Bugti, Azhar Khan Khosa, Shiehk Jaffar Khan Mandokhel of PML-N would take the oath as ministers and Akbar Askani and Abdul Majid Abro as advisers. From National Party, Sardar Aslam Bezinjo, Rehmat Baloch, Mujeebur Rehman Hassani would be sworn in as ministers and Mir Khalid Langov as adviser. Similarly, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s Nawab Ayaz Jogezai, Dr Hamid Khan Achakzai and Obaidullah Babath would become ministers after the oath-taking, and Manzoor Kakar and Nasrullah Zeray advisers.
Meanwhile Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and Senior Minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri strongly condemned the recent bomb blasts in Balochistan, and vowed to not spare the culprits and perpetrators.
Interacting with newsmen after inquiring after the injured of the Quetta City Police Station bombing, Dr Baloch said those who were targeting the innocent people did not deserve any mercy. “They should understand they can never deter our resolve.” Senior Minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz called the bombing an ‘act of barbarism’, and observed that the majority of the victims belonged to poor and middle class families. He said such incidents could not scare the government.
Zehri offered sympathies to the heirs of the dead and the wounded, and said after consultations with the chief minister, a compensation package would be announced for them.