Major Reshuffle In Federal Cabinet: Asad Umar Likely To Return
Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to reshuffle his cabinet in the hopes of good governance and change that he had promised before the elections in 2018.
A major reshuffle in the federal cabinet is happening because not only is pressure mounting on Imran Khan to deliver on his promises, but an impression is developing among the people that the prime minister and his cabinet lack the ability to govern amid the chaos facing the country.
Sources told Naya Daur that Asad Umar is going to rejoin the cabinet as minister of Planning, Development, Reforms and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) while Khusro Bukhtiar is to be given the Ministry of Industries and Production. Moreover, and Shandana Gulzar is expected to take charge of the Ministry of Commerce.
Interestingly, Shafqat Mehmood would be the minister of Interior, Dr. Atta ur Rehman would be the adviser on Science, Technology and Human Resource Development, and Sheikh Rashid would be appointed as minister for Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir Affairs.
Meanwhile, Fawad Chaudhry is to leave his post as federal minister for Science and Technology and would now work as minister of Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs. Aamir Liaqat will be the minister of Religious Affairs, Babar Awan will be the minister of Information and Broadcasting, and Dr. Moeed Pirzada is to be chosen as special assistant on media. Former spokersperson for the Punjab chief minister, Dr Shehbaz Gill, will now be the prime minister’s spokesperson and Naeem Bukhari is expected to take charge as Attorney General of Pakistan.
Dr Moeed Pirzada, in a tweet, has denied that he is to be included in the federal cabinet.
Moreover, Ali Zaidi is expected to take charge of ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication while Khalid Maqbool is to be appointed as minister of Maritime Affairs and Zubaida Jalal as minister of Education.
Current interior minister, Ijaz Shah, is expected to take charge of ministry of Defence Production, while Senator Nauman Wazir is expected to be made the minister of Railways. Dr. Shireen Mazari would leave her post as minister for Human Rights and will take the post of chairperson of Kashmir Committee.
Andleeb Abbas, member of National Assembly and Ali Habib, a businessman, are also expected to join the federal cabinet.
The author is an Islamabad-based freelance journalist and contributes to different national and international papers and journals.