Winds of change: Sindh cabinet gets seven new faces among 17 members

Published: July 30, 2016
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Nisar Khuhro is the new minister for food and parliamentary affairs, Jam Mehtab Dahar is the new minister for education & Dr Sikandar Mandhro is the new minister for health

Nisar Khuhro is the new minister for food and parliamentary affairs, Jam Mehtab Dahar is the new minister for education & Dr Sikandar Mandhro is the new minister for health

Nisar Khuhro is the new minister for food and parliamentary affairs, Jam Mehtab Dahar is the new minister for education & Dr Sikandar Mandhro is the new minister for health Express News screen-grab of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah talking to media outside Mazar-e-Quaid on July 30, 2016.

KARACHI: After the election of the chief minister, the Sindh government appointed seven new faces among 17 cabinet members in the first phase of the process of cabinet appointments on Saturday.

Nine ministers, four advisers and four special assistants started working at their departments soon after notifications were issued for their portfolios. The cabinet members, who took oath at Governor House, visited Mazar-e-Quaid to pay tribute to the founder of the nation.

Seven new faces have been inducted in the cabinet while others are old members. They have been assigned new responsibilities to propel change in the province.

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According to a notification issued by the Sindh government, senior minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, who was earlier working as education minister in former CM Qaim Ali Shah’s cabinet, has been appointed as the minister for food and parliamentary affairs. Jam Mahtab Dahar, who was the health minister in the previous cabinet, has replaced Khuhro. Dr Sikandar Mandhro, who was earlier working as minister for environment, is now the health minister. Meanwhile, former home minister Sohail Anwar Siyal has been given the portfolio of the agriculture department.

Jam Khan Shoro and Makhdoom Jameelul Zaman have retained their old departments – local government and revenue departments, respectively. Zaman, however, succeeded in getting the charge of the relief department, which had been his desire for quite some time. The government now allots a significant budget for relief, keeping in view floods and drought in the province. When part of the previous cabinet, Zaman had threatened to part ways with government when relief department was taken back from him after officials failed to deal with the Thar drought two years ago.

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Among the new faces in the cabinet are two MPAs: Sardar Shah and Shamim Mumtaz. Shah, a famous Sindhi writer, has been accommodated in the cabinet with the portfolio of the culture department in place of his father-in-law, MPA Ali Mardan Shah. Before him, the culture department was being served by Sharmila Farooqi.

Female MPA Mumtaz, who hails from Karachi, has served as PPP councillor in former military dictator General Musharraf’s tenure. She has now been given the social welfare department.

Meanwhile, Mukesh Kumar Chawla has been appointed as the excise and taxation minister in Gianchand Esrani’s stead.

Paving way for Qaim Ali Shah?

It surprised many when Senator Saeed Ghani was made adviser to the CM on labour. Ghani, a soft-spoken and hard worker who often appears on TV to defend party policies, started grass-roots politics in local bodies in 2002 and rose to the position of PPP parliamentary leader in the Senate. He belongs to Karachi and his father, Usman Ghani Khaskheli, was a renowned trade union leader and PPP jiyala, who was assassinated in the late 1990s in Karachi. There are reports that Ghani will tender his resignation from the Senate, paving way for the outgoing chief minister, Qaim Ali Shah, to replace him.

Advisers

The information department has once again been allotted to Maula Bux Chandio, a party jiyala and close friend of PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari.

Asghar Junejo, who recently lost the provincial assembly seat due to the allegation of rigging, has been given the mines and mineral department. Meanwhile, former law advisor Barrister Murtaza Wahab, who is the son of late PPP stalwart Fouzia Wahab, has not only regained his department, but the portfolio of the anti-corruption department has also been given to him.

Special assistants

MPA Erum Khalid, daughter-in-law of PPP leader Professor ND Khan, has been appointed as special assistant to CM on women rights. Dr Khatu Mal Jewan, who has been elected on reserved seat for minorities and is a scheduled caste Hindu from Thar, has been given the department of minorities’ affairs. Dr Sikandar Shoro of Jamshoro district has been appointed as the special assistant for information technology while MPA Syed Ghulam Shah Jilani of Dadu is now the special assistant of the zakat and auqat department.

Decisions pending

The government has yet to make a decision regarding important portfolios, including home, finance, irrigation, works and services and planning and development. There are reports that Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah is interested in retaining the home, finance and planning departments while the rest will be allotted in the second phase.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2016. 

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Israr
    Jul 30, 2016 - 6:51PM

    Disappointed but not surprised that Interior Ministry has been handed over to the Rangers.Recommend

  • Sam
    Jul 30, 2016 - 7:45PM

    Is this full cabinet? Most of names seem from folks elected from interior Sindh. Any representation from Karachi?Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Jul 30, 2016 - 8:07PM

    Is this First and Final Batch? Iqbal Hadi ZaidiRecommend

  • Salman Zaki
    Jul 30, 2016 - 10:20PM

    @Israr: And, you are not disappointed that the Cabinet does not reflect the diverse populations and ethnicities living in Sindh??? When people do not feel they and their interests are represented in the government, they feel colonized and what happens next does not bode well for anyone. People in urban Sindh do not feel that they are represented in their own government. You can therefore expect the Interior Ministry run and controlled by the Rangers out of necessity of prevailing conditions. This is also a recipe for breakup of the province sooner or later. If you have reservations about believing this, ask the Bengalis why they left Pakistan, and if even that does not make sense, ask yourself why we left India and formed a separate country. With August 14th approaching in two weeks, it’s an important question to ask ourselves.Recommend

  • Urdu Speaking
    Jul 31, 2016 - 12:15AM

    PPP right from the day one when it was established by ZAB is known as Sindhi Party. Even the new cabinet announced today reflect that majority of the ministers are Sindhi speaking with an exception.

    The job quota for Sindhis is 55% and for Karachiits is 45%. The ratio should also been have maintained while announcing the new Sindh cabinet.

    I hope Murad Ali Shah the new CM will read my comments and will provide chance to Urdu Speaking MPA’s of Sindh Assembly so that Karachiites should be able to come in fold with them.Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Jul 31, 2016 - 12:19AM

    Unbelievable must be believed. It is 2222 in Kuwait and 0022 in Pakistan and http://www.sindh.gov.pk is still showing Qaim as CM. Interestingly around 7pm PST, I had sent whatsapp msgs to new CM and 2 Minister namely Nisar Khuro and Tariq Masood Arain telling all the three that they can read my comments in Dawn about Sindh Govt official web site but neither they acknowledged my message nor they got the web site updated. Who will do the needful, I dare ask in the greater interest of Pakistan with no personal gain whatsoever. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Pakistani Diplomat in KuwaitRecommend

  • Also an urdu speaking
    Jul 31, 2016 - 12:44AM

    @urduspeaking when so called representatives of urdu speaking class were in power , according to their basic points on which party was formed, why didnt they tried and changed this rule of qouta system.
    Thing is, no one is sincere here. A famous qoute “is hamam my sb nangy”
    I hope that “they” may become serious and do things rather then just saying and repeating cards every time they need votes.Recommend

  • Rajpar
    Jul 31, 2016 - 1:01AM

    Thank God Manzoor Wassan is not given any ministy. Please note Sardar is not son in law of Ali Mardan shah, former twice minister in cabinet. Ali Mardan shah is his maternal uncle.
    There is no justification to have Suhail Anwar Siyal in cabinet. He is a political liability for party. If he is that much dear to PPP leaders they should appoint him in charge of Zardari house so that he could them better.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 31, 2016 - 1:59AM

    Saeed Ghani to resign from Senate to pave way for ( Peer -e-Tasma Pa) Qaim Ali ShahRecommend

  • Raisani
    Jul 31, 2016 - 8:17AM

    Those who are saying there’s no representation of Karachi must keep in mind that Karachi is part of Sindh just like other districts. Many other districts like Jacobabad, Kashmore etc has no representation in cabinet so it’s not necessary that every district of Sindh must have representation in cabinet. The cabinet and CM is for whole Sindh province not for particular districts.
    And it’s better to have no representation from Karachi than having Loola, Langra, kankata, sar phata, Mota, chota, Darmiyana, teeli, pateeli, machis etc. Karachi district is better of without them. Recommend

  • Ishrat salim
    Jul 31, 2016 - 1:30PM

    The new CM will never part with finance ministry as most corruption was gone here. It is he who was responsible to send 20% of total Sindh budget to Dubai and he will continue doing that make Sindh dry…Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    Jul 31, 2016 - 11:21PM

    Incurable genetic corrupt replacing / substituting the
    incurable genetic corrupt.

    What a change !!!Recommend

  • 2nd Class Citizen of sindhi wadera colony Karachi
    Jul 31, 2016 - 11:23PM

    Winds of change blowing the same old stench of corruptionRecommend

  • Kaiser Ali Khan
    Aug 1, 2016 - 12:51AM

    CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah left for Dubai to meet Asif Ali Zardari as some MPA’s are yelling in Karachi that their names are not as yet included in the list of ministers.

    Though CM Murad is a foreign qualified and have also told his staff to be in time in the office but his leadership qualities will soon diminish when he will be given dictation by AAZ at which time, unwillingly, he has to say ‘boss is always right’.

    I feel sorry for the new incoming and enthusiastic CM Sindh.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Aug 1, 2016 - 1:48AM

    Who bears the expenses to visit PPP head quarters in Dubai. Visits are for learning the novel practices of corruption and send money to feed poor Zardari and family having no known source of income. When Nawaz Shareef can govern the pooristan via Skype why PPP leadership cannot take lessons via Skype.Recommend

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