Shoukat Yousafzai removed as K-P Information Minister

Published: August 2, 2013
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Yousafzai still holds the portfolio of the ministry of health. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

Yousafzai still holds the portfolio of the ministry of health. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

PESHAWAR: According to a notification issued by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday evening, the portfolio of provincial spokesperson has been withdrawn from Shoukat Yousafzai.

Yousafzai though remains as the provincial minister for health.

On the other hand, on the directives of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, the K-P Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has handed the portfolio of information ministry to Provincial minister Shah Farman.

Farman is the incumbent minister for Public Health Engineering.

In addition, MPA Ishtiaq Urmar has been appointed as the provincial spokesperson of PTI.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Aug 2, 2013 - 11:31PM

    Rift in PTI as it was predicted..lolx
    No excuse PTI will remove all one by one as inexperience and incompetency is at peak in KP

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  • jibran
    Aug 2, 2013 - 11:32PM

    Nawaz Sharif and Imran khan are playing checkers.

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  • Mishrab
    Aug 3, 2013 - 12:20AM

    they could not stop militants from DIK Jail break, what about the qualification of IK himself ?

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  • Duh!
    Aug 3, 2013 - 12:48AM

    @Samiullah khatir: my apologies Sir, but if you are a PMLN/PPP supporter you need ages to get your right of criticizing anyone else.

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  • sattar rind
    Aug 3, 2013 - 1:13AM

    how can we know … we nothing about PTI leadership… they new and let them to be old

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  • Tahir
    Aug 3, 2013 - 1:17AM

    @Samiuulah Better than Bacha Khan group which was not only incompetent but corrupt to the core…They have left all types of mess in KPK…..Bilor once said defending his nepotism said if I don’t give jobs to my people violating all laws, there is no point for me being the federal minister.

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  • noman1234
    Aug 3, 2013 - 1:35AM

    @Samiullah khatir:
    Sir jee people should appreciate such actions. Previously in any province when a minister or any other party worker screwed up or didnt do his job properly they were never replaced or removed. They would always sit their despite their incompetency. If Shoukat Yusafzai was not doing his job properly or has too much pressure handling both ministries than its better to assign someone else for 1 of the ministries. This is how democracy should be practiced you have to take tough decisions. KPK govt is sincere and is making efforts to bring good changes in the province. They are learning from their mistakes as they move along.

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  • aaa
    Aug 3, 2013 - 1:38AM

    From what i remember this was the plan from the start as stated by Pervez Khattak? Didnt he mention this in his interview a few weeks ago?

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  • Waqas
    Aug 3, 2013 - 1:47AM

    Wow he has been removed so early, ghar main mubarak bad ki mithai b khatam nahi hui honi, On a serious note PTI has to improve its homework and firing people wont help, criticizing ministers in private meetings should be the way to go. As more days pass previous governments are gaining more respect, who would have thought this.

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  • aaa
    Aug 3, 2013 - 2:00AM

    Here you go…
    http://www.zemtv.com/2013/07/13/talaash-cheif-minister-kpk-pervaiz-khattak-exclusive-13th-july-2013/
    Watch it from 26:20 onwards…. Perves Khattak clearly says Shaukat is just there temporarily and will be replaced soon. This was on the 13th of July.

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  • Shah Rukh
    Aug 3, 2013 - 2:04AM

    PTI leadership did this because Yousafzai already holds the provincial secretary generalship of PTI and believes that it along with managing two ministers and holding the office of government spokesperson is too much, and I agree.

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  • Anon
    Aug 3, 2013 - 2:05AM

    This isnt really much a headline. In an interview on the 13th of July, Pervez Khattak said that Shaukat Yousufzai was temporarily holding on to the Information Ministry and will be relinquishing it soon.

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  • Taimoor
    Aug 3, 2013 - 2:22AM

    I dont understand PTI critics on this issue. They wanted heads to roll after the DI Khan jail break, and now when this guy has been removed, they say the party is falling apart. I salute PTI for taking this action. The other parties cannot even think of doing something so daring even when their people have done worse!

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  • tabdeeli
    Aug 3, 2013 - 3:08AM

    This is what pti had promised “tabdeeli”

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  • Islah M
    Aug 3, 2013 - 3:26AM

    What good the previous experienced regimes bring about? They could easily be classified as generally incompetent and unfit to rule. We have the knack of calling the KP Govt as incompetent etc without juxtaposing it with previous governments. Lets not forget that people at the helm of affairs during the last two terms of Government were wisely sidelined by the KP voters.

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  • Abbas Khan
    Aug 3, 2013 - 3:37AM

    In confused as usual

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  • Aug 3, 2013 - 4:26AM

    What inexperience and incompetence you are specifically talking about.. ? some bullet points, insights would be much beneficial for everybody instead of just saying something out of the blue.

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  • optimistic
    Aug 3, 2013 - 5:08AM

    @Samiullah … mind you its just a routine oppointment. Shaukat was holding 02 offices and this was planned earlier to give him hold of only 01 office … THUMBS DOWN TO PESSIMISTIC!

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  • A Pakistani
    Aug 3, 2013 - 5:13AM

    @ Sarmad Hussain
    Please read through the statements of Shaukat Yousafzai, including some intriguing remarks belittling the terrorist attacks and insulting the feelings of thousands of relatives of the terrorist-affectees who had lost their lives or had become permanently disabled.
    The incompetency of PTI government in KPK is getting exposed with each passing day. The provincial government of PTI has indulged in the same issues that it used to criticise others in e past. No end to corruption & terrorist attacks in 90 days!!

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  • A Pakistani
    Aug 3, 2013 - 5:17AM

    The KPK Government is already violating the 18th Amendment by having 24 Ministers as against the maximum limit of 14 (11% of the Assembly size) allowed under the Constitution.
    Why no action from ECP/ SCP ??

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  • ali ahmed
    Aug 3, 2013 - 5:27AM

    it is failure PTI in KPP…some has to be made scape goat

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  • Adnan
    Aug 3, 2013 - 5:50AM

    Who is KP CM btw?

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  • Khalid
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:39AM

    @noman1234: So u will keep removing people with this speed, that is a failure than to praise the Boss always. Wake up.

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  • Muhammad Ibad
    Aug 3, 2013 - 8:18AM

    PTI KPK is still fighting over ministries they have no plans no agenda for the secuirty situation in KPK Sindh Balochistan Punjab & in Federal Govt we can see political maturity at least they r not fighting over resources of the Govt this is how PTI is going Saaf & Shafaf & the burgers of the country are still busy in abusing CJ they cant see their own mistakes

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  • Nawaz Sharif
    Aug 3, 2013 - 8:27AM

    @a Pakistani;

    KPK government has 12 ministers. Not 24. http://www.khyberpakhtunkhwa.gov.pk/Gov/Who-is-who.php

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  • OBV
    Aug 3, 2013 - 11:45AM

    Anything is better than the ANP in KP

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  • A Pakistani
    Aug 4, 2013 - 5:41AM

    @ PTI
    The official website of KPK government proves that there is a huge cabinet of 24 ministers (12 full Ministers, 4 Advisors, 5 Special Assistants and 1 Chief Minister), all enjoying perks & previleges at the cost of poor taxpayers:
    http://www.khyberpakhtunkhwa.gov.pk/Gov/Who-is-who.php
    While the maximum size allowed under the Constitution is only 14 including all ministers, advisors etc. one can fairly expect lobbying within the large cabinet for prized slots!

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  • A Pakistani
    Aug 4, 2013 - 6:47PM

    The PTI’s large cabinet is totally confused just like its Lifetime Chairman Imran Khan Niazi.
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    Shaukat Yousafzai simply reflects the confused mindset that PTI possesses. Many of his statements were not only funny but also self-contradictory
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/563670/blame-game-pti-unable-to-stop-drone-strikes-yousafzai/
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    He should have been removed when “protest was organised in Shergarh against health and information minister Shaukat Yousafzai for trivialising Tuesday’s suicide attack, which killed 37 people in the area. Residents along with supporters of Aman Jirga Jalala said PTI Imran Khan should remove Yousafzai from the provincial cabinet.”
    But then the sole-decision maker and Lifetime Chairman PTI Imran Khan Niazi was on his “private” vacations in UK and the decision got delayed!

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  • Nawaz Sharif
    Aug 4, 2013 - 7:19PM

    @a Pakistani

    Please learn the difference between a minister, an advisor, and a special assistant. You seem to be calling everyone in the government a minister, when that is not the case.
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    Secondly the very fact that the KP government website shows that most ministers are holding multiple portfolios shows that the cabinet size is kept small, within in the limits of the constitution.

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