Peshawar, Aug 8: Pakistan’s Prime Minister in-waiting Imran Khan has nominated a relatively newcomer in politics Mehmood Khan as the new Chief Minister of the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Also Read - #BoycottFrenchProducts Trends on Twitter After Emmanuel Macron's Comments on Islam & Prophet Mohammed Spark Outrage
Mehmood, who is from Swat district, won the provincial assembly seat PK-9 from Swat in the July 25 general elections. Also Read - Pakistan Fails to Comply on 6/27 Points on Action Plan, to Remain on Terror-Financing Watchdog FATF’s Grey List
“Chairman PTI and Prime Minister designate Imran Khan has nominated Mehmood Khan as the new Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) said in a tweet. Also Read - Misbah-ul-Haq Steps Down as Chief Selector of Pakistan Cricket Team
The announcement has ended days of speculation about the party’s choice in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the PTI acquired a two-thirds majority.
Mehmood was minister for Irrigation and Sports in the previous PTI government (2013-18) which was led by Pervez Khattak.
Born in 1972, Mehmood was picked by Khan ahead of Pervez Khan, Asad Qaisar and Atif Khan considered very close to the PTI chief.
Mehmood is also the PTI President of Malakand Division and is credited with the party’s huge success in the region.
Khan’s Party PTI emerged as the single largest party in the elections held on July 25.