By Faizan Bangash writing in the NEWS
LAHORE has become the city with largest representation in the Punjab cabinet as four out of total 14 ministers who took oath on Tuesday belong to the provincial metropolis.
The cabinet members from Lahore include Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor, Farooq Yousaf Ghurki, Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman and Kamran Michael.
Besides, the Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashood also hails from Lahore. Lahore is also likely to wear the crown of Punjab after PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif becomes its chief minister of the province after being elected in the bye-polls.
Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor, who has been given the portfolio of Prisons, is the most experienced parliamentarian of PML-N from Lahore in the present cabinet who has reached the Punjab Assembly for the third time.
Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, given the portfolio of Excise and Taxation is a non-elected member so far who has been included in the cabinet. He won in the 2002 polls from PP-141 but could not contest the election due to postponement. Kamran Michael, minister for Minorities now was elected on seats reserved for minorities on PML-N ticket.
He has also been elected for the second time. He is son of ML Michael, former member Municipal Corporation Lahore.
Farooq Yousaf Ghurki, the only PPP member included in the cabinet from Lahore is the cousin of senior PPP leader Khalid Javed Ghurki.
Besides Lahore, Faisalabad and Toba Tek Singh are the cities, which have the second largest share in the cabinet and two members have been taken from each of these cities.
From Faisalabad, senior minister Raja Riaz and minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sana Ullah has been inducted in the cabinet.
Sana Ullah has been the member provincial assembly for three times and this time he is likely to reach Punjab Assembly after being elected from his seat where elections were postponed.
Two ministers including Haji Ishaq and Neelam Jabbar Chaudhry have been included in the provincial cabinet from Toba Tek Singh.
Haji Ishaq, who is the minister for Revenue now has been an MNA and MPA in past as well and he won from PP-85 in the recently held polls. Neelam Jabbar Chaudhry, the only woman member in the provincial cabinet was elected from the same city. She defeated former minister for Forest Ashfaq ur Rehman from PP-86.
Other members in the cabinet are Tanveer Ashraf Kaira who belongs to Gujrat, Kaira, the minister for Finance has been elected from PP-112. He also remained member provincial assembly in 2002.
Ahmed Ali Aulakh, minister for Agriculture now from Layyah is also an experienced parliamentarian. He has won from PP- 262 and returned to the PA for the fourth time.
Malik Nadim Kamran from Sahiwal has been given the portfolio of minister for Food. He has reached Punjab Assembly for second term. He remained MPA in 1997 and won in 2008 again from PP-221.
Malik Iqbal Channer, minister for Special Education hails from Bahawalpur. He has also returned to Punjab Assembly for second time. He was elected from PP-272.
Ashraf Sohna, minister for Labour hails from Okara has returned to PA for second time. He was elected from PP-190.
Haji Ahsan ud Din Qureshi, minister of Auqaf hails from Multan has reached the assembly for the third time. He won from PP-197 in the recently held polls. He has previously won in 1993 and 1997.
Dr Tanveer ul Islam from Sialkot has reached the PA for first time and was elected from PP-126.