Punjab minister relieved of education ministry

Parent Action Committee strongly reacted to Chaudary Faisal Mushtaq's appointment on social media


Our Correspondent June 20, 2018
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LAHORE: The Punjab Education Ministry on Tuesday was taken from interim minister Chaudary Faisal Mushtaq after Parent Action Committee strongly reacted to his appointment on social media.

All four departments falling under education ministry Higher Education, Schools Education, Special Education, Literacy & Non-Formal and Basic Education departments will remain with the Punjab caretaker chief minister according to the notification issued by the Services & General Administration Department (Cabinet Wing).

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Faisal Mushtaq has been given the portfolio of Human Rights & Minority Affairs, Population Welfare Department, Social Welfare Department and Baitul Maal.

PAC in its statement termed Faisal Mushtaq’s appointment as education minister unfair and against moral values. It stated that since he was an owner of a private school so there was a serious conflict of interest. According to sources, Punjab chief minister took notice of resentment on social media against his appointment and anticipated an even stronger reaction by other associations.  Therefore he changed his ministry.

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Punjab government has also issued notification regarding the grant of additional charge to the ministers of caretaker cabinet.  According to the notification, the Caretaker Provincial Minister for Industry, Trade & Investment and Mines & Mineral Development Anjum Nisar has been given additional charge of Zakat and Ushr Department.

Caretaker Provincial Minister for Energy, Local Government and Urban Development and Irrigation Departments Zafar Mehmood has been given the additional charge of Disaster Management.  Caretaker Minister for Information Ahmad Waqas Riaz has been delegated the additional charge of Forests, Wildlife and Fisheries Department.

 

Published in The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2018.

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