Eleven new ministers will take oath of office tomorrow in Quetta , completing the long overdue cabinet formation in restive Balochistan province, according to unnamed official sources in Quetta Sunday.
There is a three-party ruling coalition in Balochistan comprising the federalist Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), the Pashtun nationalist Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and the moderate Baloch nationalist National Party.
Dr. Malik Baloch of the National Party is the chief minister.
The five PML-N ministers who will take oath are Nawabzada Jangayz Marri, Mir Sarfraz Chakar Domki, Haji Akbar Askani, Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhail and Mir Abdul Majid Abro.
The NP ministers who will take oath are Sardar Muhammad Aslam Bizenjo, Rahmat Ali Baloch and Mir Mujeeb-ur-Rahman Muhammad Hasni.
The two new PMAP ministers are Nawab Mohammad Ayaz Jogezai and Abdul Majeed Khan Achakzai.
The addition will increase the size of the provincial cabinet to 15, including the chief minister. Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri of the PML-N, Abdul Rahim Khan Tareen of the PKMAP and Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani of the NP, were already members of Dr. Malik Baloch’s kitchen cabinet.
Government sources attributed the long delay in cabinet formation to infighting between Nawab Zehri and Nawabzada Marri, who represent two powerful Baloch tribes, over what is called the “dambar ministry” or the ministry of communication and works. The ministry is considered one of the most lucrative ministries in the province.
Many senor leaders within the NP of Dr. Baloch were unhappy over the selection. However, Dr. Baloch is said to have drawn a line in the sand and some highly controversial faces like Mir Mohammad Asim Kurd Gello were left out.