PML-Q’s Bao Rizwan takes oath as Punjab minister


LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s (PML-Q) Muhammad Rizwan aka Bao Rizwan on Friday took oath as provincial minister after sorting out matters with the Punjab government.

According to details, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar administered the oath to Bao Rizwan, who had won a provincial assembly seat from PP-128 Sialkot-IX.

The ceremony was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Usman Buzdar, PML-Q Member National Assembly (MNA) Chaudhry Monis Elahi and other leaders of the ruling coalition.

According to the information available on Punjab Assembly’s website, Rizwan is a businessman and graduate of Government College, Lahore. He remained a member of the provincial assembly during 2002-07 and has returned to the house after general elections 2018.

Following the induction of the new minister, the size of the provincial cabinet has reached 35 and the number of ministers belonging to the PML-Q will reach two as Hafiz Ammar Yasir from PP-24 Chakwal-IV is also retaining the portfolio of mines and minerals minister, which he had earlier resigned from.

On Thursday, Moonis Elahi had called on Governor Sarwar to discuss induction of his party’s minister and current political scenario in the country.

Prior to the meeting that reportedly patched things up between the two parties, it was reported that Prime Minister Imran Khan had arrived in Lahore last Saturday to take PML-Q leadership into confidence and address their reservations.

The one-day visit had come amid speculations that the ruling coalition in Punjab is going through a rough patch. The PML-Q had earlier decided to take up a host of issues with the premier after CM Buzdar had failed to placate the Chaudhrys of Gujrat.

The PML-Q leaders had been complaining about the provincial chief executive’s “callous attitude” towards the issues raised by the party.

Besides two ministries, PML-Q leader Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi is already enjoying the portfolio of the provincial assembly speaker.