The federal government on Friday crafted three new ministries by merging some of the departments left with it following the devolution of several ministries to the provinces under the 18th constitutional amendment.
An official notification identified them as the Ministry for National Harmony, Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Professional and Technical Training. These ministries will have their separate divisions, it said.
Apparently, the decision was taken to accommodate the ministers who were left without any portfolios after the devolution of their respective ministries. The PML-Q is likely to be the main beneficiary of this decision.
The names of Riaz Pirzada, Akram Masih Gill and Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain are being mentioned among the contenders of these newly constituted ministries.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2011.