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11-member Balochistan cabinet sworn in

Updated June 13, 2018

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QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai administers the oath to the province’s caretaker cabinet on Tuesday.—APP
QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai administers the oath to the province’s caretaker cabinet on Tuesday.—APP

QUETTA: An 11-member caretaker cabinet was administered oath by Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai at a ceremony held at the Governor House here on Tuesday.

The caretaker ministers who took the oath are Agha Omer Bangulzai, Imam Baksh Baloch, Dr Nasrullah Khan Khilji, Advocate Malik Inayatullah Kasi, Farzana Ali Baloch, Abdul Salam Khan, Manzoor Hussain, Faizullah Kakar, Hafiz Khalilur Rahman, Naveed Kalmati and Khurram Shahzad.

Caretaker Chief Minister Alauddin Marri and Chief Secretary Aurangzeb Haque as well as former ministers, ex-MPAs, senior officials and tribal elders attended the oath-taking ceremony.

Speaking to the newly inducted members of the caretaker cabinet, the chief minister said that maintaining peace and order and holding free, fair and transparent elections were the interim government’s top priority.

“We have to work hard with honesty and sincerity to fulfil this responsibility,” Mr Marri said.

He congratulated the new cabinet members and advised them to serve the people to the maximum during their brief tenure.

The caretaker chief minister said that it was the provincial cabinet’s responsibility to take steps to keep the system functioning without any hurdles.

“We have to work like a team in the interim period and live up to the people’s expectations,” he added.

He said that portfolios would be allotted to the ministers soon.

Mr Marri said that he would visit the divisional headquarters in the upcoming days to review the law and order situation in Balochistan and preparation for the election process.

Published in Dawn, June 13th, 2018