In a shocking development for many people banking on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s slogan of ‘Naya Pakistan’, the PTI has decided to give the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) the provincial ministries of Finance, Education and Ushr and Zakat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after a deal was reached between the two parties on forming the government in the province.
The announcement to this effect was made by JI Secretary Information Anwar Niazi following a meeting between JI chief Munawwar Hassan and PTI Chairman Imran Khan at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.
Hasan, along with JI General Secretary Liaquat Baloch and other party members, called on Khan to enquire after his health and discuss the formation of government in KP.
After the meeting, Hassan told reporters that as per initial negotiations, the JI will be given three ministries under one senior minister. He had then said that the details of the portfolios which will be allotted to the JI will be announced by Imran Khan later.
The news of the JI getting the Finance and Education portfolios in KP disappointed PTI supporters across the country and evoked criticism of the party’s decision as Imran Khan had centred his election campaign on promises of bringing the education system at par with international standards.
Political observers said the PTI’s decision to give the two most important ministries to the JI would reflect negatively on the party’s slogan of ‘Naya Pakistan’ as not much change was expected from the rightwing JI.
“It’s appalling that Imran has ceded Education Ministry to JI…you can now expect content in KP syllabi which would further foment extremism and hatred,” said a commentator.