PESHAWAR  - In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the ruling PTI is in hot water as on one hand, the party is unwilling to give the Ministry of Education to JI, as it had earlier promised, while on the other hand its lawmakers from Peshawar are openly demanding health and local bodies ministries.

To a great extent, this situation has developed a deadlock as oath-taking ceremony of nominated ministers is being delayed. To get the issue resolved, several rounds of talks between PTI and JI and within the PTI at both central and provincial level have taken place so far but to no avail.

In their earlier meetings regarding formation of a coalition government in the province, PTI had formally agreed to give the Education Ministry to JI but it is now reluctant to do so, for which different reasons are cited. It has been learnt that various donor agencies that provide huge funds to education sector of the province have objected handing the ministry over to the JI.

Sources said that PTI top leadership even its chairman Imran Khan had requested a JI delegation that met him in Lahore in recent past that it would be much better if the Education Ministry is run by his party in KPK.

For the very first time, Imran Khan-led PTI is going to govern a province, plans to introduce major reforms in the education sector and that is stated to be another reason to give the ministry to JI.

The PTI wanted to retain the provincial Education Ministry but the JI was also determined to have this portfolio. While the JI has made it clear to the PTI leadership that they also wanted to take steps for the improvement of education sector in the province. In addition, the JI had run several ministries better than other parties during MMA's five-year government in the province, sources said.

It has also been learnt that the JI insisted to get the ministry while the PTI leadership appeared divide as some leaders opposed the move while others supported. They said that JI was confident enough that it would get education portfolio, as the PTI has not formally refused the JI. To hammer out differences, both the parties held a joint meeting a day before but failed to overcome the standoff.

Sources within the PTI said that it was not a big issue and it would be resolved. KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khattak took oath of office on May 31. followed by the oaths of his two senior ministers JI's Sirajul Haq and QWP's Sikander Hayat Sherpao, who were also administered oath the same day by Governor Shaukatullah Khan.

Meanwhile, PTI office-bearers from Peshawar held a joint meeting two days back, in which, they openly called upon party central leadership to give almost six ministries, including health and local bodies and one advisor slot to those lawmakers who have won seats in the provincial metropolis. Out of 11, PTI has bagged 10 KPK Assembly constituencies in Peshawar on May 11 polls.

However, PTI Peshawar chapter has expressed reservations over giving less representation to Peshawar in the provincial cabinet as proposed so far by the party, adding that it would be an injustice with Peshawar, being a provincial capital, it deserves to have at least six ministers and an advisor from Peshawar. The participants of the meeting were of the views that they would build pressure on the party's central and provincial leadership to meet their demand, which they termed genuine.