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    Formation of caretaker Govt in KP completed after oath taking of 9-member Cabinet: Experts 

    Formation of caretaker Govt in KP completed after oath taking of 9-member Cabinet: Experts 

    PESHAWAR (APP): Following the oath taking of a nine members caretaker Provincial Cabinet at Governor House here Monday, the formation of interim Khyber  Pakhtunkhwa government has been completed, experts say.

    The formal discharge of official duties was formally started in Peshawar where newly appointed interim KP Chief Minister,  Justice (r) Syed Arshad Hussain Shah has assumed the charge of office today.

    “All the controversies and propaganda that started after the death of caretaker Chief Minister Muhammad Azam Khan on Saturday due to protected illness was proved wrong after consenses were reached between former Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan and ex opposition leader, Akram Khan Durrani on the name of new caretaker Chief Minister Justice (r) Syed Arshad Hussain Shah, who was later appointed by the KP Governor Haji Ghulam Ali on November 12.

    “The oath taking of nine members caretaker Cabinet of Khyber Pakthunkhwa today and interim CM KP Arshad Hussain Shah on Sunday night have completed formation of the interim setup in KP,” said constitutional expert and senior lawyer, Syed Noman Ali Shah Bokhari while talking to APP on Monday.

    He said fresh oath of the caretaker Provincial Ministers was a constitutional obligations after dissolution of the provincial cabinet of Chief Minister, Azam Khan after his death.

    The caretaker Provincial Ministers that took oath today include Syed Masood Shah, Justice (R) Irshad Qaiser, Ahmad Rasool Bangash, Asif Rafiq, Dr Najeebullah, Dr Muhammad Qasim Jan, Engr Amir Durrani, Engr Ahmad Jan and Syed Amir Abdullah was in line of the constitution and law, he added.

    Meanwhile, the new interim chief minister Arshad Hussain  Shah has reiterated that he would assist the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in holding of free, fair and transparent elections as per the directions of the Supreme Court.

    Talking to media, he said that all affairs of the province would be run in accordance with the law and constitution.

    Arshad  Hussain Shah said that he would focus on improving the law and order situation in the province.

    Professor Dr A.H.Hilali, former Chairman, Political Science Department, University of Peshawar told APP on Monday that with completion of the new caretaker setup in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it was a time to get unite for General Election 2024 that was approaching fast.

    “In democratic  process, the doors to political dialogue among political entities are always open for free polls, taking decisions in national interest and for people’s well being.”

    He said political dialogue was an effective tool in a democratic system, which not only remove misunderstanding among political players on existing issues but also strengthen democracy besides ensuring the smooth transition of power.

    Professor Hilali said the absence of political dialogues among politicians in the past led to derailment of democracy for four times in Pakistan.

    He said the government of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was dismissed after the 9 religious and political parties under the platform of Pakistan National Alliance (PNA) launched agitation movement, claiming rigging in 1977 elections.

    In-spite of strong denial of the rigging allegations by PPP, he said PNA’s agitation movement sparked riots as well as unrest and incurred colossal economic losses to the country and subsequently democracy was packed up for the third time on July 5, 1977.

    He said the absence of political dialogue had led to the premature dissolution of the elected assemblies and the governments of former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif twice each in 90s after being accused of riggings in elections by opponents and its negative outcome came before us in the shape of martial law on October 12, 1999.

    He suggested immediate political dialogue on existing economic and political challenges besides ensuring of transperant elections inevitable for the country’s political-economic stability and development.

    Sajid Hussain Tori, ex Federal Minister and PPP leader said that his party strongly believed in political dialogue. 

    He said Charter of Democracy signed between former Prime Ministers, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a great example of political reconciliation that later led to an adoptation of the landmark 18th constitutional amendment that returned all powers back to the Parliament, granted provincial autonomy to the federating units, identity to people of KP after renaming NWFP and abolishment of the draconian 58 2 (B) article from the constitution.

    He said PPP did not believe in political victimization of opponents and wanted level playing field for all political parties during upcoming general elections.

    He expressed the hope that political leaders would demonstrate political acumen by avoiding personal attacks, accusations and dragging national institutions in politics.

    PMLN KP Spokesman Ikhtiar Wali said the historic welcome accorded to PMLN Quaid Nawaz Sharif by sea of people at Lahore on October 21 have unnerved the opposition parties.

    He said Nawaz Sharif has cleared the party’s policy in his address appreciated in political circles, reiterating that PMLN did not believe in political victimization.

    He termed the ouster of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on July 28, 2017, in the Panama leaks case was a big tragedy from which Pakistan had not yet recovered, adding it was unfortunate that no elected premier has completed five years term in the country’s history.

    He said all characters that played role in ouster of an elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2017 and bringing PTI Chief into power had stand exposed before masses.

    Ikhtair Wali said that PMLN and MQM dialogue was a clear testimony of political reconciliation. He said PMLN Quaid Nawaz Sharif would soon visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and address people gatherings.

    Dr Hilali said that political environment was heating up after announcement of election date by ECP and advised political leaders to avoid character assassination, blame games and dragging state institutions into politics rather focus on people welfare programs and past performances.

    He said personal attacks and dragging state institutions into politics would develop political polarisation in society besides creating hatred among rival political forces.

    ANP leader Zulfiqar Khan said political reconciliation was imperative for acceptance of political mandates after general election.

    He said if Bangladeshi leaders Hasnia Wajid and Khalida Zia could sit across the table for the sake of their countrymen and democracy , then why our political leaders in Pakistan can’t sit together for holding a grand dialogue on free and transparent elections.

    He said democracy provide solutions to all problems as it is the best governance system practicing in world through which socioeconomic and political conflicts are addressed through reconciliation and dialogue among relevant stakeholders supported by people.

    The experts said time has come that all political parties shun differences and sit together for a free and transparent election imperative to take the ship of democracy to safe shores.

    Meanwhile the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Chief Minister here Monday assigned portfolios to the nine interim ministers.

    According to the notification of Administration Department, Syed Masood Shah was assigned the portfolio of Establishment, Administration and Inter Provincial Coordination, Justice (R) Irshad Qaiser (Relief, Rehabilitation, Settlement, Zakat, Usher, Social Welfare, Women Empowerment and Special Education, Ahmad Rasool Bangash (Finance, Revenue and Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control), Asif Rafiq  (Climate Change, Forestry, Wildlife, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food), Dr Najeebullah (Science, Technology, Information Technology, Sports, Youth Affairs), Muhammad Qasim Jan (Education, Higher Education and Libraries, Archives), Syed Amir Abdullah (Tribal Affairs, Technical Education, Industry, Commerce), Engr. Amer Nadeem Durrani (Public Health Engineering, Local Government, Rural Development, Elections and Engr Ahmad Jan (Communication and Works, Irrigation). The remaining portfolios of departments would be kept with the Chief Minister.


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