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Federal Cabinet: Who will take charge of which ministry?

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has scheduled the first cabinet meeting for tomorrow at 10 am at the PM House. Here is the list of the ministers and the portfolios assigned to them so far.

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31 federal ministers took oath today more than a week after Shehbaz Sharif became the 23rd prime minister of Pakistan. After the oath-taking ceremony, the federal cabinet portfolios were revealed.

According to details, 14 federal ministers are from PML-N, nine from PPP, four from JUI-F, two are from MQM-P and one belongs to Jamhoori Watan Party.

Here is the list of the ministers and the portfolios assigned to them so far:

  • Rana Sanaullah ­           Interior Minister
  • Miftah Ismail                Finance Minister
  • Hina Rabbani Khar        Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
  • Ahsan Iqbal                 Planning, Development and Special Initiatives
  • Marriyum Aurangzeb     Information and Broadcasting
  • Azam Nazeer Tarar        Law and Justice
  • Ameenul Haq                Information and Technology
  • Maulana Asad               Communications
  • Mufti Shakoor               Religious Affairs
  • Talha Mehmood             SAFRON
  • Maulana Abdul Wasey    Housing and Construction
  • Shazia Marri                  BISP
  • Qadir Patel                    Ministry of Health
  • Khawaja Saad Rafique    Railways
  • Tariq Bashir Cheema      Food Security
  • Israr Tareen                  Defence Production

Apart from them, President Dr. Arif Alvi also approved the appointment of Qamar Zaman Kaira, Engr Amir Muqam, and Aun Chaudhry as advisors to the prime minister.

Moreover, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has scheduled the first cabinet meeting for tomorrow at 10 am at the PM House.

Read more: Here are Pakistan’s new federal ministers

Pakistan’s reaction to new federal ministers

Important to note, the majority of the social media users are reacting negatively to the new federal ministers. For instance, according to netizens, the appointment of Abdul Qadir as Federal Minister for the National Health Department is a downgrade. Previously, Dr. Faisal Sultan held the portfolio. He is a medical expert and is credited with impressively managing Pakistan’s Covid response.

Meanwhile, Qadir Patel was previously a member of the provincial assembly. He was also a member of the national assembly in 2008. Furthermore, he has no medical expertise. On the other hand, there are corruption cases lodged against Qadir Patel.

Similarly, Twitteratis were also not happy with PPP’s Shazia Marri receiving the portfolio of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP). She is being compared to Dr. Sania Nishtar who previously held the portfolio.