LAHORE - A four-member caretaker cabinet of Punjab took oath at a ceremony held at Darbar Hall of the Governor’s House on Monday.

Punjab Governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmad Mehmood administered the oath while Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi, political figures, Punjab advocate general and senior bureaucrat were also present there.

The caretaker provincial ministers are: Tariq Pervaiz, former IGP, Saleema Hashmi, daughter of legendary poet Faiza Ahmad, Shams Mehmood Mirza, a noted lawyer and Arif Ejaz, an industrialist.  Erric Massey was also supposed to take oath but, according to officials, he was not in the city.

Congratulating the provincial ministers, Chief Minister Sethi said that the caretaker setup is completely impartial and apolitical. He added that holding free and fair elections is the responsibility of the caretaker setup which would be discharged efficiently. He said that no hurdle would be tolerated in way of conducting an orderly elections and a peaceful atmosphere will be ensured for voters.  No one will be allowed to take undue advantage while corruption will not be tolerated at any cost, the CM said, adding that no illegal activity would be permitted and stern action would be taken against the breaches.  Earlier, Sethi held a meeting with Punjab Governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmad Mehmood at Governor’s House to discuss elections, political situation of the country and other issues.

After taking oath, the new ministers held an informal meeting with the chief minister and governor to discuss their responsibilities.