Former CM and PTI heavyweight Pervez Khattak is trying his level best to bag the coveted position for a second term. Khattak served as CM KPK in the last PTI government. He is facing a strong challenge from his party colleague Atif Khan. There are other contenders within PTI for this slot. Taimor Jhagra, Shah Farman and Ali Amin Gandapur are also showing interest to get this job. But Imran Khan will make the final decision in this regard.
Khattak gathered 42 newly elected representatives of the K-P assembly who secured their seats on PTI ticket at the Speaker House in Peshawar yesterday to show his ‘strength’ to his competitors for the CM slot. But Imran Khan is favouring Atif Khan for CM.
The participants agreed to support the ex-CM against the former provincial education minister Atif Khan, who is said to be a strong candidate for the office and has support among the party’s central leadership.
According to sources, Khattak enjoys the support of a majority of his former cabinet including former information minister Shah Farman, former revenue minister Ali Amin Gandapur, and also K-P assembly speaker Asad Qaisar, who all attended the meeting along with other provincial leaders such as Mian Jamsheduddin, Arbab Jahandad, Arbab Waseem, Fazle Shakoor, and Abdul Karim Shafiullah among others.
The participants are said to have agreed to support Shah Farman for the chief minister’s slot in case the party leadership needs Khattak and Qaisar in the National Assembly, but they will still try to stop Atif Khan from leading K-P, a PTI stronghold.
Pervaiz Khattak will be regretting to win the national assembly seat. Atif Khan was lucky enough to lose the national assembly seat.
On the other hand, Khattak refuted news regarding lobbying in PTI and said that the meeting was just a get-together to celebrate the party’s victory.
PTI has secured 66 general seats in the K-P assembly and has a two-thirds majority in the house. So PTI is in comfortable position to form the government.
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16 July, 2019