–Shahram Tarakai says former ministers were not given opportunity to defend allegation of conspiring against CM
Muhammad Atif Khan, who is among three ministers of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet sent packing by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday, has claimed that Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak was conspiring against him and does not want him to be a minister.
Talking in a TV show on Monday, Khan said that he and fellow former ministers Shahram Tarakai and Shakeel Ahmed were not conspiring against KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.
“How can we think of ousting a chief minister backed by PM Imran?” he said, adding that Pervez Khattak wanted someone else to have their ministries.
Speaking in the same show, Shakeel Ahmad said that they have never violated party discipline in seven years of their association with Imran Khan. He said that people should ask the reason from those who ousted them. He added that he went to Hayatabad for a dinner and not a meeting, where Khan, Tarakai and a few other people were also present.
Tarakai, who was also present on the occasion, said that their stance was not even heard in this issue. He added that others benefited from their fights within the party, and no one listened to them when they emphasized on reform to improve governance.
Atif held the portfolio of the senior minister for sports, culture and tourism whereas Tarakai was the health minister and Shakeel held the revenue and estate portfolio.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday sought a report on the performance of the KP provincial cabinet.
In a statement, the premier said that every leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) whether he is a minister or adviser has to follow party discipline. There will be no compromise on rules and regulations set by the party, he asserted.
KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, while referring to the issue in his talk to the media, revealed that the three former ministers had opposed the policies set by the government and were involved in the grouping for a long time, including an attempt to form a group within the provincial cabinet.
“There was no support from these ministers in the merger of erstwhile FATA with KP […] merging FATA with the province was a great achievement of Chief Minister Mehmood Khan,” he said, adding that in the former provincial government, these ministers did not maintain good relations with former KP CM Pervez Khattak.