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Thursday, July 18, 2024

PTI threat: Sindh govt reshuffles its cabinet

As PTI plans to kick off its Sindh campaign in August, the Sindh government decides to reshuffle its cabinet. Therefore, several high-level ministers will have to give up their ministries. Also, PM Khan will conduct two high-level important meetings today.

In an unforeseen move, the Sindh cabinet will go through major changes. Several ministers are likely to lose portfolios amid the Sindh cabinet reshuffle. To clarify, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah confirmed the development.

Interestingly, the move comes as PTI plans to kick off its Sindh campaign in August.

As per the Sindh cabinet reshuffle, agriculture minister Ismail Rahoo; food minister Ram Kishori; irrigation, zakat, and auqaf minister Sohail Anwar Siyal; and Nisar Khuhro will give up their respective ministries.

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Additionally, Saeed Ghani will also lose his post as Education Minister. As a result, Syed Sardar Ali Shah will take Saeed Ghani’s place. Nasir Shah will also step down as information minister.

On the other hand, as part of the Sindh cabinet reshuffle, new ministers and advisers will take over. Jam Khan Shoro and Syed Zia Abbas Shah will receive Irrigation Department and Works and Services Department, respectively. Muhammad Sajid Jhokio will be the minister for Social Welfare. Manzoor Wassan will become the adviser for the Agriculture Department.

Furthermore, the cabinet will appoint special assistants. The special assistants are Liaquat Askani (Kachhi Abadis), Tanzila Qambrani (IT), Fayyaz Butt, Arbab Lutfullah (Ushr and Zakat), Rasool Bux Chandio, and Giyan Chand Essrani.

Meanwhile, Qasim Naveed Qamar will be handed the duties as special assistant for the Board of Investment, while Taimur Talpur will be made responsible for the Forests Department. Ismail Rahoo will oversee the affairs of the University Board.

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Frequent reshuffles in Sindh cabinet

This is not the first time that the Sindh government decided to reshuffle the cabinet. Back in April this year, the Sindh cabinet reshuffled for the third time after the general elections in 2018.

According to sources, the changes introduced new cabinet members. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari monitored the performance of old members and after that made a major reshuffle in Sindh Cabinet.

He announced his decision to reshuffle on the occasion of the 93rd birth anniversary of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

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Syed Nasir Hussain Shah was holding the portfolio of Forest, Religious Affairs, information ministry, Town Planning, and Local Government Housing. As a result, this made him the only legislator in the PPP’s tenure that had five portfolios.

However, due to the interference of the PPP Chairman, the Local Government Housing and Town Planning charge was taken back from Nasir Hussain Shah. During the recent Sindh cabinet reshuffle, he will step down as information minister as well.

PM Khan’s important meeting on national security & Afghanistan

On another note, PM Khan will conduct two important meetings today.  At 3 pm, the national security meeting will be held and Afghanistan one at 5 pm.

In the meeting on national security, PM Khan will discuss the situation in Indian-held Kashmir. Most importantly, he will also make decisions relating to national security.

Federal ministers and senior military leadership will attend both meetings at PM House. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, and Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed will be present as well.

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