PTI proposes Pervaiz Khattak as K-P chief minister

Published: May 14, 2013

PTI has achieved a consensus on forming the provincial government after successful talks with the Jamaat-i- Islami (JI), Awami Jamhuri Ittehad Pakistan (AJIP) and five independent MPAs, says PTI provincial president. PHOTO: Express

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has decided to propose Pervaiz Khattak for the chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, according to Shaukat Yousufzai, the party’s provincial secretary general.

Earlier, PTI provincial president Asad Qaiser said they have achieved the required number for forming a government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, Qaiser said the PTI has achieved a consensus on forming the provincial government after successful talks with the Jamaat-i- Islami (JI), Awami Jamhuri Ittehad Pakistan (AJIP) and five independent MPAs.

Earlier on Monday PTI provincial leaders held a meeting with JI’s Central Naib Ameer Sirajul Haq to discuss the power sharing formula among the coalition partners.

“Any party that has majority seats should be given an invitation to form the government,” said JI provincial spokesperson Israrullah Advocate. “We will hold a meeting of the party’s provincial cabinet and will formally announce partnering with the PTI in the coalition government.”

But it may not be that simple. The PTI has won 34 seats in the 99-member assembly, the JUI-F has 16, the PML-N 12, the ANP has five, JI and QWP have seven each and PPP has two. Independents make up 13 seats.

Coupled with eight female and one minority reserved seats, the PTI’s tally comes to up to 43, and with independents the QWP and JI, it barely reaches the simple majority of 63.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Qaiser said that talks with the QWP were under way.

“We have received a positive response from QWP leadership and are confident that they will be partners in the collation government as their policies for the province are coherent with PTI’s,” he said.

He claimed the PTI will make an exemplary government in the province and will constitute a cabinet with the minimum number of ministers and advisers. “We will make tough administrative decisions and will appoint those bureaucrats on important positions who are known for their good reputation,” he added.

But it’s not all smooth sailing, as Maulana Fazlur Rehman is also angling for power in K-P.

“Both JUI-F and PTI have contacted us discussing the possibilities of forming a coalition government but we have not yet taken any decision in this regard,” said QWP Provincial President Sikandar Sherpao.  The JUI-F’s moves are said to be the reason the PTI had to move fast and announce that they want to make Khattak the chief minister

Now, the balance of power lies in the hands of not just the QWP, but also the independents, who may be forming a bloc of their own. An independent candidate, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that eight of the 13 independents have formed a group. “We will hold talks on behalf of all candidates with the parties and decide the course of action,” he said.

Despite claims from both sides, the QWP has kept its options open and is likely to take a decision after the meeting of its party’s parliamentary board on Tuesday. Earlier QWP chief Aftab Sherpao told journalists that their options were open and they will take a decision which suits the interests of Pakhtuns.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2013.

Reader Comments (12)

  • ayesha
    May 14, 2013 - 3:35AM

    Why not IMRAN KHAN??

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  • skhan
    May 14, 2013 - 3:56AM

    Maulana with his unclear stance, cannot counter extremism and terrorism in KPK!
    PTI may bale to, JUIF does not have enough seats to be considered anyway.

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  • Saleem
    May 14, 2013 - 5:37AM

    Please keep in mind Fazl-ur-Rehman is not a religious Maulana, he is political Maulana, a very dangerous type which uses the religion as and when sees fit to his personal benefit disregarding the public sentiment and mandate, we must reject these ones, he is not one bit interested in the welfare of Pakistan and Pakistanis.

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  • Z
    May 14, 2013 - 6:25AM

    @ayesha: Because Imran Khan is a national leader. He will serve Pakistan best in the NA, inshallah.

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  • citizen
    May 14, 2013 - 10:01AM

    Young leadership in action ! wow.

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  • Fahad Javaid
    May 14, 2013 - 1:33PM

    Imran Khan cannot become CM because he contested only from National Assembly seats. To become CM KPK you need to win Provincial Assembly seat from KPK.

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  • SheeshaDude
    May 14, 2013 - 1:37PM

    @Z:
    @ayesha:
    This is technically because in order to be a CM you have to win the PA seat, which IK never stood for.

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  • M. Ijaz Nasir Qureshi
    May 14, 2013 - 3:41PM

    Tehreek e Insaf must be invited to form a government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Moulana Fazal ur Rehman should be sit in opposition. The Jamat e Islami Pakistan should be a part of collation government on the best interests of the Pakistan and province KPK. Our province KPK is the most effected province after the war of America against Afghanistan (Islam). Now, this province demands a strong government who can face the challenges of terrorism and assure the people of protection against terrorism. The new government should hold talks with the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan for the peace accord. It is most important for the PTI’s government to establish good relationship with the central government to prevent the drone attacks. Pakistan must quit from the allies of America of war against our people. Peaceful KPK will prove a strengthened Pakistan. All this possible only if we respect the mandate given by people. Moulana Fazal ur Rehman has failed to establish peace in the province. So he should give a chance to the PTI.

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  • Nida Ali
    May 14, 2013 - 4:40PM

    OMG, another Pervaiz to haunt us!!!
    We have already been haunted by Pervaiz Musharraf, Pervaiz Elahi, Pervaiz Ashraf and now Pervaiz Khattak!!
    What is the background of Pervaiz Khattak? How many political parties has he switched in the past? Is he the “naujwan” of PTI???

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  • non political
    May 14, 2013 - 10:54PM

    it will be the biggest mistake of Imran khan to appoint pervaiz khatak as head…he is not the real face of PTI and people will not accept him at all…mark my words

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  • apolitical
    May 14, 2013 - 11:46PM

    @non political# Except for Pervez Khattak, there is no real figure in PTI in KP to hold onto run with efficiency the administration as CM…Bureaucracy eats up into vitality of a political system if politicians are not well experienced…PTI has scarce experienced figures in KP…understand the ground reality and than come harsh in your words….people really need to be delivered……mark my words

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  • Kadir
    May 17, 2013 - 12:10AM

    Why should Imran khan be given a chance how has he proved himself as worthy enough to run the KPK government

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