The 14-member interim federal cabinet was sworn in on Tuesday at a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad.
The swearing in was not without controversy as a press release issued from the Prime Minister’s Secretariat stated that a 15-member cabinet was to take the oath, but surprisingly the caretaker finance minister was not among them.
Dr Mushtaq Khan, who is currently working as the chief economic adviser of the State Bank of Pakistan, did not take the oath. Sources said that his being a government servant made him ineligible to take up the portfolio.
President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath of office to the new inductees. Interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso also attended the ceremony.
Six of them are from Punjab‚ three each from Sindh and Balochistan and two are from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2013.