Justice (r) Tariq Pervez sworn in as CM KPK; nomination as CM challenged in PHC

PESHAWAR: Justice (retd) Tariq Pervez was sworn in as caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province on Wednesday, while his nomination as CM was challenged in the Peshawar High Court (PHC), Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported.

The oath-taking ceremony was held at Governor House in Peshawar on Wednesday evening. Governor Engineer Shaukatullah Khan administered the oath to him.

Later talking to media‚ the caretaker Chief Minister said he has been assigned an important responsibility and he will make utmost effort to come up with the confidence vested on him.

The caretaker CM said every step will be taken to take along all political parties on board on all issues. He said he has no political affiliation and will remain impartial.

Tariq Pervez further said every possible measure will be taken to improve law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Chief Minister said caretaker cabinet will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, the nomination of Justice (retd) Tariq Pervez as caretaker chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was challenged in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday.

Senior lawyer Muhibullah Kakakhel filed a petition in the court in which he contended that under article 207 of the constitution, the former justice could not become a caretaker chief minister as a government official could not hold public office for two years after retirement.

The petitioner appealed the court to hear this case before 5:00pm today (Wednesday).