Three advisors to KP CM ‘resign’

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Tariq Saeed
Peshawar

In what could be termed a surprising move two advisors to Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one special assistant resigned from their posts on Saturday apparently citing personal reasons yet the sources believe they have been asked to step down believably owing to their bad performance as well as to adjust the recently inducted four new members in Chief Minister Mahmood Khan’s cabinet.

They include Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Science & Technology and Information Technology Zia Ullah Khan Bangash, Advisor on Energy and Power Himayatullah Khan and Special Assistant on Excise and Taxation Syed Ghazi Ghazan Jamal.

The resignations of all three were accepted, with a summary signed by Governor Shah Farman.

A notification of the acceptance of the resignations was also issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

Zia Ullah Bangash, who was appointed on December 4, 2020, submitted his resignation letter to the chief minister stating that he is resigning from the office due to unavoidable circumstances and that he also wanted to serve his constituency more effectively.

“I have a lot of responsibilities, and I want to keep up to expectations of people of my constituency and reserve my entire attention for them,”. Bangash said in his tweet.

Likewise Adviser to Chief Minister on Excise Ghazi Ghazan Jamal tendered his resignation from his post moments after Bangash resignation citing circumstances beyond his control.
The adviser took to twitter to share the copy of the resignation submitted to Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.

He said that he had submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Mahmood Khan as Special Assistant for Excise.

Besides them Adviser to the Chief Minister on energy and power Himayatullah Khan also stepped down from his post citing the same “ unavoidable circumstances.

However, sources said three aides to Chief Minister have in fact been asked to step down not only owing to their unsatisfactory performance but also to allot portfolios to four
ministers including close aide of PM Imran Khan, Mohammad Atif , inducted in the KP cabinet a week back.

Atif Khan, holding the portfolio of Minister for sports, tourism Sharam Khan Tarakai in charge of the Health Ministry and Information Technology, culture and youth affairs both
in the capacity of Senior Ministers and Shakeel Ahmed minister for revenue and estate, it may be recalled, were expelled from the Chief Minister Mahmood Khan’s Cabinet on January 26 last year reportedly over the charges of creating grouping in the ruling PTI, an allegation which they had denied categorically saying they had not hatched any conspiracy, rather a
conspiracy had been hatched against them.

It is said Prime Minister Imran later intervened into the matter in order to resolve differences among his trusted men in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It may be recalled that in February 2021, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Law Minister Sultan Mohammad Khan tendered resignation from his post, hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan directed KP chief minister to remove him from the post due to his alleged appearance in a video of receiving money during Senate elections 2018.