QUETTA: As part of the Murree accord, 12 legislators from coalition partners of the ruling party in Balochistan were sworn in as ministers on Tuesday evening to become a part of Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri’s cabinet.
Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai administered the oath to the newly appointed ministers hailing from ruling PML-N, Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), National Party (NP) and PML-Q.
The newly sworn in ministers include Nawab Changaiz Marri, Sardar Sarfaraz Domki and Mir Sarfaraz Bugti from PML-N; Nawab Ayaz Jogezai, Sardar Mustafa Tareen, Dr. Hamid Achakzai and Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal from PkMAP; Sardar Aslam Bizenjo, Rehmat Saleh Baloch, Mir Mujeeb Muhammad Hassani and Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani from National Party and Jaffar Mandokhail from PML-Q.
The portfolios of these newly sworn in provincial ministers will be announced later.
Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, members of Balochistan Assembly, civil and military officers were also present during the oath taking ceremony.
The coalition partners also agreed to nominate Sardar Dur Muhammad Nasar, Muhammad Khan Lehri, Sardar Raza Bareech, Obaidullah Babat and Mir Khalid Langove as advisers to the Balochistan chief minister .
Complying with ‘Murree Accord’
The May 2013 general elections resulted in a three-party coalition in Balochistan. The coalition signed the Murree Accord, under which the provincial chief minister’s five-year term would be shared between the National Party and a PML-N nominee.
The coalition unanimously nominated Dr Baloch for the first term, the first time when a middle-class Baloch nationalist leader was appointed to the position.
After Dr Baloch completed his two-and-a-half-year term as chief minister on December 4, the National Party handed the slot over to the ruling PML-N.
PML-Q to nominate new parliamentary leader
PML-Q senior leader Quddus Bizenjo told media that Jaffar Mandokhail was removed from the slot of parliamentary leader since he bypassed the party while taking oath as minister. “We will nominate our new parliamentary leader in Balochistan Assembly”, Bizenjo said.
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