KARACHI: Sindh government added nine new ministers, including Syed Owais Muzaffar, and two advisers in the second phase of cabinet induction on Wednesday.
According to sources, Owais Muzaffar, who has already been made chairperson of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), is likely to get the portfolio of local government.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) sources added that the party has agreed to allot the local government ministry to Muzaffar besides an additional charge of public health engineering and housing ministries.
Whereas on the other hand, Jam Mahtab Dahar, who was former revenue minister, would be given the reins of food ministry while Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Ali Mardan Shah and Jam Khan Shoro would look after excise and taxation, population and planning and livestock and fisheries respectively.
Javed Nagori, elected from the troubled Lyari area, has been made the Katchi Abadi minister while Dost Muhammad Rahimoon is likely to get auqaf, ushr and zakat ministry and Rubina Qaimkhani will be given women development. Gainchand Israni will look after wildlife with additional charge of minorities and forest department.
The two advisers include Muhammad Khan Junejo and Dr Zulfikar Mirza’s son, Husnain Mirza.
The new cabinet ministers will join the seven ministers and one adviser inducted in the first phase which include Nisar Ahmed Khuhro (education), Sharjeel Memon (information), Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani (works and services), Manzoor Wassan (prisons and anti-corruption), Makhdoom Jameeluz Zaman (revenue excluding land utilization), Ali Nawaz Mahar (agriculture), Dr Sikandar Mandhro (law and parliamentary affairs) and Murad Ali Shah (adviser to the CM on finance).
There are unconfirmed reports that the government has decided to withdraw the charge of prisons ministry from Wassan.