PTI, JI, QWP finalize power sharing formula in KPK

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) would hold the chief minister and speaker positions in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province whereas Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) would get three ministries each, according to a formula finalized on Wednesday by PTI, JI and QWP over the formation of government in the province.

“Yes QWP, JI and PTI have agreed on a power sharing formula and the government formation formula would be announced today,” the General Secretary of PTI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shaukat Youzafzai said.

The sources in PTI confirmed that the QWP would get the slot of Deputy Speaker, one senior minister and minister while the JI would be getting two ministers and a senior minister’s slot.

The PTI would also be announcing the names of the leader of the house shortly while the speaker’s slot would also be retained by it.

“No we have not yet finalised the names of the Chief Minister and the Deputy Speaker but yes we would be retaining both the slots,” Shaukat said.

The PTI leaders Pervaiz Khattak and the Asad Qaiser are both engaged in power struggle for the coveted slot of the KPK chief minister and a decision with regards to who would head PTI’s rather inexperienced government is still awaited.

Some sources also say that one of the coalition partners of the PTI has shown reservations on the name of Pervaiz Khattak so the PTI was mulling over the name of some other candidate, probably Asad Qaiser, which would be finalised after PTI chief Imran Khan approves the name later today.

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Shaukat Yousafzai also confirmed that they have a strength of 67 members now and the modalities for the government would be announced soon.

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