As Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif officially forms his new cabinet, PTI leaders are criticizing his picks for federal ministers. Tuesday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s new cabinet finally took oath. As per 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.
Reacting to the development, PTI leaders had a lot to say about the new federal ministers. Taking to Twitter, former Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Haider Zaidi highlighted the corruption charges against the new federal ministers. For instance, Shazia Marri presented a fake degree while participating in NA 235 elections. Now, Shazi Marri holds the portfolio of Benazir Income Support Programme. Ali Haider Zaidi also named more ministers who are either on a bail or have cases lodged against them.
“100% PML-N cabinet members on bail! Welcome to Purana Pakistan,” Ali Haider Zaidi tweeted.
State of our new Fed Cabinet:
Shazia Marri: Fake Degree case
Qadir Patel: Hawks bay land case
Khurshid Shah: on bail
Raja Pervaiz: on bail
Hina Rabbani: Electricity theft case
List is long!
100% PMLN cabinet members on bail!
Welcome to Purana Pakistan #امپورٹڈ_حکومت_نامنظور
— Ali Haider Zaidi (@AliHZaidiPTI) April 19, 2022
Cabinet a registry of central jail: Fawad Chaudhry
Similarly, former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry too mocked Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet. Owing to the corruption charges against the federal ministers, Fawad Chaudhry said the list of the new cabinet members looks like an attendance sheet for the Central Jail.
“Read the names of the cabinet. It seems that the attendance register of Central Jail has been registered. All the big dacoits have joined the cabinet,” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.
چوں چوں کا مربع کابینہ کا نام پڑھیں لگتا ہے سنٹرل جیل کا حاضری رجسٹر ہے، سارے بڑے ڈاکو کابینہ میں شامل ہو گئے ہیں، #امپورٹڈ_حکومت_نامنظور
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 19, 2022
Meanwhile, former SAPM on Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill earlier made a direct hit at prime minister Shehbaz Sharif. To clarify, Shehbaz Sharif formed the federal cabinet a week after becoming the prime minister of Pakistan. The delay had certainly raised concerns. There were also many speculations on which political leader will receive which ministry.
“Heard Shehbaz Sharif kept the Ministry of Film and Drama for himself,” Dr. Shahbaz Gill tweeted.
سنا ہے وزارت فلم اور ڈرامہ شہباز شریف نے اپنے پاس رکھ لی ہے ؟
— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) April 18, 2022
Furthermore, social media users have also raised questions about the new federal ministers. For example, 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.
Read more: Here are Pakistan’s new federal ministers
From Dr. Faisal Sultan, Dr. Zafar Mirza to Abdul Qadir Patel.@fslsltn was a KEMU graduate, trained in Connecticut & Washington, and is an infectious disease expert. @zfrmrza served as Director Health System Development at WHO.
— اسریٰ (@freakonomist5) April 19, 2022