ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Saturday made another important announcement by naming Imran Ismail – an old party face – as the next Sindh governor.
PTI also said it had started consultations to include experts in the cabinet of prime minister-designate Imram Khan and as a first step, Abdul Razak Dawood was being nominated as adviser to the PM.
Dawood, a well-known businessman and economist, has served as commerce minister in former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s cabinet from 1999 to 2002.
The decisions were taken in a meeting held at Bani Gala under the chairmanship of party chairman Imran Khan.
A statement issued by PTI said that Abdul Razak Dawood has been invited to become part of the PTI-led federal government in the centre. He will advise the next prime minister in areas including industries, investment, textiles and trade, it said.
Talking to media soon after his nomination as governor Sindh, Imran Ismail, said he would take along all the political parties of the province. He also said he would reduce expenditure of Governor’s House during his tenure.
Ismail, who is deputy secretary general of PTI and an MPA-elect from Karachi, said that opposition in Sindh would field its candidates for all the important slots – including the chief minister, speaker and deputy speaker positions in Sindh Assembly.
The governor-designate said PTI, after consulting other opposition parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), would soon announce opposition’s nominees.
Earlier, PTI Secretary Information Fawad Chaudhry said that keeping in view the parliamentary traditions they would invite heads of all parliamentary parties including Shehbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Khurshid Shah and others to Imran Khan’s swearing-in as PM on August 18.
Talking to reporters at Bani Gala, he also said that the PTI government would address the reservations of the opposition and accept all their legal demands to strengthen democracy and democratic norms in the country.
Fawad said that it had been decided that PTI would take along the opposition parties and Imran Khan would be answerable to the parliament in every matter as this institution had a key role in democracy.
The spokesperson said that consultations were underway over the nominations of top slots in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in the Centre. He said the decision about the candidate for the important slot of Punjab chief minister would be taken in next 24 to 48 hours.
He informed that the premier-designate had decided to retain NA-95 Mianwali seat. Khan would vacate other four NA seats i.e. NA-35 (Bannu), NA-53 (Islamabad), NA-131 (Lahore) and NA-243 (Karachi).
Fawad Chaudhry said Imran had convened a meeting of the PTI’s parliamentary party today (Sunday), which would be attended by all the party MNAs-elect of the coalition parties.
Similarly, he said on August 14, PTI would hold Punjab’s parliamentary party committee meeting in Lahore that would be attended by all MPAs-elect.
He said Saturday’s meeting had decided that the PTI government would not only reduce the expenditure of PM House but also of the official residences of governors, chief ministers and chief secretaries as well as other such government installations.
On the issue as to where the prime minister would reside, Mr Chaudhry said that a security review of different government accommodations was underway and the PTI would decide the matter in the light of the recommendations of the security report.
The spokesman reiterated that PTI candidates for the slots of speaker and deputy speaker of National Assembly would get around 180 votes, while Imran Khan would be elected PM by getting even more votes.
Similarly, in Punjab Assembly, the PTI’s candidate for chief minister would get more than 200 votes of MPAs, he added.
PTI names Ismail as Sindh governor