PESHAWAR: Three ministers of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government were removed from their portfolios, a notification issued by the provincial administration cabinet wing stated on Sunday.
The sacked ministers are: Muhammad Atif Khan, minister for sports, culture and tourism, Shahram Khan Tarakai, minister for health, and Shakeel Ahmed, minister for revenue and estate.
The move comes just two days after local media was rife with reports of a pressure group emerging in the province, allegedly led by sports and tourism minister Atif Khan – who was also a strong candidate for the post of chief minister after elections in July 2018.
According to a Dawn report published on Saturday, Atif Khan threw a lavish dinner for provincial lawmakers on Friday night apparently to muster support to take on Chief Minister Mahmood Khan amid reports of an intensifying jockeying for power between the two.
Sources said around 25 MPAs were invited to the dinner at the senior minister’s Hayatabad residence.