QUETTA: Without further ado, nine ministers and one adviser were sworn into the Balochistan cabinet at the Governor House in Quetta on Monday.
Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai administered the oath to the new cabinet members announced by Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan.
Eight of the new members belong to the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), while the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have one each.
BAP ministers Saleh Bhootani, Zia Langove, Noor Muhammad Dumar, Tariq Magsi, Zahoor Buledi, Sarfaraz Chakar Domki, Arif Muhammad and Muhammad Hasani were inducted into the new Balochistan cabinet, while independent candidate Mitha Khan, who joined BAP later, was appointed as the adviser to the chief minister.
ANP’s Engineer Zamrak Khan Achakzai and PTI’s Naseebullah Marri were also made a part of the coalition provincial government.
According to the provincial government’s notification, the newly announced cabinet ministers and adviser would be awarded portfolios in the coming days.
Private electronic and print media were not allowed to cover the oath-taking ceremony of the new cabinet members as only Pakistan Television and state broadcast outlets were able to air the ceremony which took place at the Governor House.
The newly-elected chief minister had announced that he would form a small cabinet following financial crisis in Balochistan. Kamal, from the very first day since taking over the reins of the province, has been stressing upon simplicity and scant.
Internal sources close to all the six coalition political parties revealed that there were differences among the coalition parties over allotment of the government ministries as many are yearning for important government departments.