BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: A six-member cabinet swore in in Gilgit on Tuesday while senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker, Akbar Taban, refused to accept the portfolio of senior minister.
The governor G-B Barjees Tahir administered the oath in the presence of chief minister Hafeezur Rahman and member assembly including speaker and deputy speaker, besides senior military and civil officials.
Those took oath including 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 and Akbar Taban from Skardu.
However, Taban, who hails from Skardu and had to be made senior minister, did not take oath. He reportedly said he would decide about accepting the portfolio only after meeting the prime minister.
According to a PML-N lawmaker, Taban wanted to become the governor as people from Skardu thought the post of governor should be given to a lawmaker from Skardu which is the second largest town of G-B.
The decision for cabinet was given by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is the chief of PML-N, a party that won 22 out of 33 seats in the assembly on June 8 polls.
Among other members of the cabinet was Sobia Moqaddam, who is the only minister who was appointed to the assembly on a women’s seat on a PML-N ticket.