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Manzoor Afridi Dropped As Caretaker CM of KP

Islamabad(May  28, 2018): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday has dropped the name of Manzoor Afridi as caretaker Chief Minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

According to the spokesman of the KP government, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, a new name will be finalized by tonight.

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On May 26, Khyber Paktunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Opposition Leader in the provincial assembly Maulana Lutfur Rehman had agreed on the name of the caretaker chief minister of the province.

Manzoor hails from Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas, who belongs to a family of businesspersons and is a non-political figure. He is the younger brother of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Senator Ayub Afridi and uncle of Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi.

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Manzoor Afridi is a businessman with little interest in politics, who is known for his inclination towards the JUI-F.

This is the second time that the KP government and opposition have reached consensus on recommendations for the caretaker chief minister.

In 2013, Amir Haider Hoti and the then opposition leader, Akram Khan Durrani, had agreed on appointing Justice (retd) Tariq Pervez as the interim chief minister.Tariq Pervez had served as the judge of Supreme Court and chief justice of the Peshawar High Court.

Back then, in 2013, his nomination was challenged in the Peshawar High Court hours before he took oath. The petition was submitted by senior lawyer Mohibullah Kakakhel, who argued that Tariq Pervez could not take oath because the Constitution did not allow a Supreme Court judge to hold government office until two years after her/his retirement.

He had retired from the Supreme Court earlier that year.

The petitioner had said that the nomination of Tariq Pervez would adversely affect the fairness of general elections 2013.

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