GILGIT: A six-member cabinet will be sworn in in Gilgit today [Tuesday] amidst reports that Akbar Taban has refused to accept the portfolio.
Taban, who hails from Skardu, was to be made senior minister but he reportedly said he would decide about accepting the portfolio only after meeting prime minister.
The decision for cabinet was given by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is chief of PML-N- a party that won 22 out of 33 seats in the assembly on June 8 polls.
Meet the cabinet
According to a notification, the ministers are Farman Ali from Astore district, Muhammad Wakil, Sobia Moqaddam and Janbaz Khan from Diamer district, Ibrahim Sanai from Ghanche district, Dr Muhammad Iqbal from Gilgit.
The governor will administer the oath to the ministers in Gilgit. Sobia Moqaddam is the only minister who was appointed to the assembly on a women’s seat on a PML-N ticket.
According to a party insider, portfolios have been decided but will be disclosed during the oath-taking ceremony. “These details will come to the surface in due course,” he said.
Chief Minister Hafeezur Rahman said the formation of government will be completed in two phases. Talking toOutpostearlier this week, Rahman said each district will be given representation in the cabinet to keep a better connection with the people.
Published in Outpost on July 7, 2015