Caretaker KP, Punjab cabinets take oath

F.P. Report
PESHAWAR / LAHORE: The 14-member caretaker provincial cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday took oath here at the Governor House.
KP Governor Ghulam Ali administered the oath from the members of the cabinet and felicitated them and conveyed best wishes. The cabinet members included Abdul Halim Qasuriya, Syed Masood Shah, Hamid Shah, Advocate Sawal Nazir, Bakht Nawaz, Fazl Elahi, Adnan Jalil, Shafiullah Khan, Haji Ghafran, Khushdil Khan Malik, Taj Muhammad Afridi, Muhammad Ali Shah, Justice (R) Irshad Qaiser, Shahid Khan Khattak.
Chief Secretary Dr Shehzad Bangash, Inspector General of Police Moazzam Jah Ansari, Commissioner Peshawar Riaz Mehsud, heads of administrative departments and other political and social personalities participated in the oath taking ceremony.
Hours after Khyber Pakhtunkhwa interim cabinet was sworn in, an 11-member Punjab interim cabinet — set to serve till general elections take place in the province — also took oath on Thursday.
Governor Baligh Ur Rehman administered the oath to the newly-appointed cabinet members held at the Governor’s House. Out of the 11 cabinet members, eight ministers — Bilal Afzal, SM Tanveer, Dr Javed Akram, Ibrahim Murad, Dr Jamal Nasir, Mansoor Qadir, Syed Azfar Ali Nasir and Amir Mir — took the oath, while three others — Wahab Riaz, Tamkinat Karim and Naseem Sadiq — couldn’t attend the ceremony.
Although the reason for the other two is unknown, Pakistan’s veteran fast bowler Riaz will take over as the largest province’s sports minister in due time, he confirmed to media. Besides other noted personalities, Punjab’s caretaker Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi was among the attendees of the oathtaking ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Naqvi extended felicitation to the newly-appointed caretaker ministers and said that conducting “transparent, free and fair elections is the responsibility of the interim setup”. He also vowed to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections in the most densely populated province of the country.