ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has conditionally allowed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to bring back Qaumi Wattan Party as a coalition partner stressing that no corruption tainted lawmaker should be re-appointed in the cabinet. “Imran wants to make sure that PTI does not lose popularity due to others wrongdoings.

Reluctantly approving the idea of joining hands with the QWP again, he has asked the CM to make sure no lawmaker is appointed as a minister unless he has a clean past,” a close aide of the cricketer-turned politician told The Nation. In November 2013, QWP’s Malik Ibrar Hussain Khan and Bakht Bedar were sacked by Khattak on the directions of Imran for the alleged corruption.

The QWP later parted ways with the coalition in protest. This year, the PTI again approached the QWP to rejoin the government and after a series of meetings, the two parties agreed on a power-sharing formula. Under the agreement, the QWP will get a senior minister and a provincial minister’s job in addition to deputy speaker’s slot in the KPK set-up.

“There were differences within the party on the QWP’s return. People thought this could give other parties something to laugh at as PTI had sacked QWP ministers on corruption charges. The CM has been advocating the QWP case and Imran has to agree. The CM had even threatened to quit if his commitment with the QWP was not fulfilled,” Khan’s close aide said.

QWP lawmaker Bakht Bedar told The Nation that his party was hoping to shift to the treasury benches before the end of the current month. “In fact we (the two parties) had planned to implement the agreement on September 20 but due to the death of Chief Minister’s uncle, things have been delayed a little. But this should not be too far now. It would be done in a few days,” he said.

Bedar said, the two parties had finalised the arrangement and there were no more any differences between them. Since Bedar was sacked by CM Khattak it is unlikely that he will be a candidate for the cabinet. “The leadership will give the names. We will follow the directions,” he added.

PTI Senator Mohsin Aziz said, there were some issues in bringing back the QWP but “I think they have been settled.”

“I am not too much into it but know there were some issues. The leadership and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa people have to take a decision on this,” he said. In a recent interview with The Nation, QWP chief Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao had said, he will not “test” the PTI leadership by again nominating the same members for the provincial cabinet who were sacked on corruption charges.

Media reports suggested the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) – another ally of the PTI – was not comfortable with the idea of reintroducing the QWP as a coalition partner. The JI ostensibly expected a little more share in the cabinet or getting its candidate elected as deputy speaker if the QWP was kept out. Creating another senior minister’s slot could also be annoying for the JI who presently have one such position.

The PTI has 56 seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, making it the single largest party. JI has 7 members, 3 of them cabinet members and QWP has 10 members in the house of 124.