Balochistan cabinet swells to 14; no minority, woman member
15 October, 2013
QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai on Monday administered oath to 11 members of Balochistan Assembly cabinet.
The oath-taking ceremony at Governor's House was attended by Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, senior provincial minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, minister Rahim Ziaratwal, Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani, the chief secretary Balochistan, FC IG, acting IGP and provincial secretaries.
The new cabinet members include Chengaiz Marri, Sarfraz Chakar Domki, Sarfraz Bugti, Izhar Hussain Khosa, Shiekh Jaffar Khan Manokhail, Dr Hamid Achakzai, Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen, Nawab Ayaz Khan Jogezai, Sardar Aslam Bizenjo, Rehmat Ali Baloch and Mujibur Rehman Muhammad Hassani.
After the induction of 11 new ministers, strength of the Balochistan cabinet has risen to 14 with no minority or woman member part of it. Portfolios of members of the cabinet would be announced later.
Talking to the media after the oath ceremony, the chief minister said that after the formation of cabinet, people would feel a big change, adding that by the grace of God the formation of cabinet had been accomplished in a "better manner".
"I was of the opinion from day one that formation of cabinet would be delayed… we finally formed it with consensus," he added. He said that a meeting of the cabinet would be called on October 22 in which "people-oriented" decisions would be taken.
He said that if comparatively viewed, previous three months of the government have seen much improvement than the last five years.
To a question regarding the inclusion of Nawabs and Sardars in the cabinet, he said that the names proposed by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai and his party's board have been included in the cabinet.
Regarding the meeting of separatists in London, he said that he had no contact with anyone. He said that he was optimistic that the federal government would respond positively to a letter written by him for allowing international donor agencies to work in Balochistan for relief activities in the earth-quake hit districts.