Peshawar — The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government and opposition have agreed upon a name for the caretaker Chief Minister (CM) for the province.
KP CM Pervez Khattak and Leader of the Opposition in KP Assembly Maulana Lutfur-Rehman met to decide to appoint Manzoor Afridi as the interim CM. The formal announcement would be made in a few days, sources said.
Manzoor hails from Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and comes from a family of businesspersons. He is believed to be a non-political figure. He is the younger brother of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Ayub Afridi and uncle of Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi.
Newly appointed, caretaker CM KP, yet to be announced formally, #ManzoorAfridi has been supporting #JUI on various issues, like anti-#FataMerger #FATAReforms issue. I hope and wish him to stay non-political. pic.twitter.com/J7zavMmVlG
— Raza Dotani (@rdotani) May 26, 2018
Besides PTI, other political parties including Jamaat-e-Islami also proposed some names. Many others including former KP inspector general Abbas Khan, former director general NEPRA Himayatullah, Sahizadullah Zaeed, journalist Raheemullah Yousafzai, former chief secretary Abdullah and former chief secretary Shakeel Durrani were also brought under consideration.
During the previous government in 2013, the then CM KP Amir Haider Hoti and the opposition leader, Akram Khan Durrani, had agreed on appointing Justice (retd) Tariq Pervez as the interim chief minister.