PESHAWAR: In a significant development, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet is expected to have its first female member after a year and a half into the government.
According to reports emerged on Friday, the provincial government has decided to induct at least three female lawmakers into the cabinet upon special directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who, according to his aides, has always envisioned gender equality.
Sources familiar to the development further said that the female members will be given portfolios of adviser and full minister.
A female legislator from the erstwhile tribal areas is also among the members, likely to be make their way to the provincial cabinet. Reportedly, MPAs including Maliha Akbar, Ayesha Bano, Ayesha Naeem, Momina Basit and Neta Mehsud have been nominated for the abovementioned purpose.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) central leadership is making efforts for the inclusion of the women members, however, the number of lawmakers is yet to be announced.
It had emerged last year as well that the PTI government is eyeing its first female cabinet member during the second tenure in the province.
Confirming that deliberations have been held, KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai had said that the final decision on the extension of the provincial cabinet will be made by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.