PM unveils 21-strong cabinet

Published: August 18, 2018
Cabinet, comprising 15 ministers, five advisers, to take oath on Monday morning. PHOTO: ONLINE

Cabinet, comprising 15 ministers, five advisers, to take oath on Monday morning. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Getting down to business, Imran Khan announced on Saturday a relatively small 21-member federal cabinet, comprising 16 ministers and five advisors.

Almost one-third of the nominated cabinet members previously served in various ministerial positions during the Musharraf regime between 1999 and 2008.

Cabinet members will take oath of their respective offices on Monday (tomorrow).

PTI allies were handed over six of 16 ministries: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) was given two ministries and one each to Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Awami Muslim League (AML), Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).



Two other allies – Akhtar Mengal’s Balochistan National Party (BNP) and Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) – did not get any share in the cabinet.

Seven of the nominated ministers and advisors had previously served on key posts during the Musharraf’s era. Two others served as cabinet members during the previous PPP government (2008-2013).

Asad Umar, Dr Shireen Mazari, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Fawad Chaudhry, Aamir Mehmood Kiyani, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pervez Khattak, Shafqat Mehmood, Khusro Bakhtiar were among the new cabinet members.

Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Farogh Naseem, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Zubaida Jalal and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed also made it to the next federal cabinet.


Asad Umar was assigned the portfolio of finance, revenue, and economic affairs.

PTI’s Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who served as foreign minister during the previous PPP government, was again assigned to handle foreign affairs.

Former CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak will look after the defense ministry, Dr Shirin Mazari will serve as the minister for human rights, Fawad Chaudhry will be the minister for information and broadcasting, Shafqat Mehmood will look after the ministry of education and professional training.

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Meanwhile, Noorul Haq Qadri was given the portfolio of religious affairs.

Farogh Nasim and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, both of the MQM-P, have been given the ministries of law, justice and information technology and telecommunication, respectively.



Grand Democratic Alliance’s Dr Fehmida Mirza, who previously served as the Speaker of the National Assembly, will be the new minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination.



PML-Q’s Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema will serve as the minister for states and frontier regions (SAFRON). Aamir Mehmood Kiyani was assigned the portfolio of ministry of national health services, while Zubaida Jalal will look after ministry of defence production.


The ministry of water resources will be looked after by Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan has been assigned Petroleum Division, while Sheikh Rashid Ahmad will look after the Railways ministry.

The five advisors to the Prime Minister are: Mohammad Shehzad Arbab (Establishment), Abdul Razak Dawood (Commerce,/textile industry and investment), Dr Ishrat Hussain (Industrial Reforms and Austerity), Amin Aslam (Climate Change) and Zaheeruddin Babar Awan (Parliamentary Affairs).

Who served Musharraf

Khusro Bakhtiar was the minister for foreign affairs between 2004 and 2006, Zubaida Jalal served as the minister of education (2002-07), Sheikh Rashid served as the minister for information and then railways minister during the Musharraf’s regime.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan was inducted into then prime minister Shaukat Aziz’s cabinet as minister for labour and manpower. Fawad Chaudhry previously served as spokesperson to Pervez Musharraf. He also remained Musharraf’s media coordinator in the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). Farogh Naseem recently defended Musharraf in the special court in the high treason case.

Advisor on Commerce Razak Dawood served in Musharraf’s cabinet between 1999 and 2002 as the commerce minister, while Amin Aslam was the state minister for environment between the 2002-2007 period.

Dr Ishrat Hussain was appointed as the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) during Musharraf regime.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Babar Awan served as foreign and law ministers, respectively during the previous PPP government at the Centre.

According to the Constitution, the federal cabinet’s size should not exceed 11 per cent of the total strength of the National Assembly and Senate.

Keeping in line with this formula, Khan can keep a cabinet of 49 ministers and advisors.

A senior party leader said that the cabinet could expand in accordance with the government’s needs.

Following is the complete list:

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Such bolta hoon
    Aug 18, 2018 - 7:50PM

    Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui as minister for IT is a wrong choice. Suddenly the leaders from the party of murders and thugs are given these portfolios that have implications

    Ali Zaidi and Faisal Wadwa should have been given thee portfolios.Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Aug 18, 2018 - 10:24PM

    So far so good. I see some key people placed in different sectors like Finance, Health Services, Human Rights, Production, Institutional Reforms and Austerity (this is new). None of the past governments thought about austerity and institutional reforms. I wish them all good luck and hope these areas will bring major changes in people’s lives. Inshallah.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Aug 19, 2018 - 1:03AM

    Not one of these appointees is really interested in Naya Pakistan. Many of them have played their mediocre innings in this or that cabinet before. A group of no-names would have been better. they would not have the experience but their anonymity would have at least allowed our imaginations to run wild about the possibility of change. These worn out faces above have killed that hope. They represent status quo.Recommend

  • Javed Hashmi
    Aug 19, 2018 - 1:50AM

    Former chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pervez Khattak – has been appointed as Minister for Defence. While he has nothing to do with MoD, Khattak had told media during an interview that he keeps away from media, military and judiciary.Recommend

  • Javed Hashmi
    Aug 19, 2018 - 1:51AM

    Dr Fehmida Mirza has served as National Assembly speaker in past and had undergone medical treatment abroad due to her serious health condition. How she will be able to shuttle between provincial capitals is a major question as Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination has to act as a liaison between federal and provincial governments.Recommend

  • Javed Hashmi
    Aug 19, 2018 - 1:52AM

    One may appreciate that Imran Khan has made an effort to accommodate people from various provinces and all allied parties, however, this team fails to appear as a much-anticipated ‘dream team’.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Aug 19, 2018 - 7:48AM

    12 out of 21 were part of Musharaf’s cabinet. How will they deliver in 100 days? Naya Pakistan!Recommend

  • Ayesha Ammar
    Aug 19, 2018 - 10:32AM

    Good change. Mr. Asad Umar appointed as minister of finance. He is very intelligent and expert in its field. His decisions are very important for our beloved country. Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Aug 19, 2018 - 10:49AM

    Instead of showing a negative attitude to the first time elected govt, we should atleast give them a chance as we have elected thugs and crooks for the past 20 years and gained nothing. In order to get a “new pakistan”, we need optimism! So kindly stop criticizing the govt even before it has started working. Give them a chance atleast. Recommend

  • Ayesha Ammar
    Aug 19, 2018 - 10:59AM

    and one more thing about Mr. Asad Umar did very positive steps HSBC and Engro. After his appointment, Engro becomes giant in producing different foods, fertilizers, and in chemical.
    Wishing you a success in a Finance as a minister.
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    [1]: Ayesha AmmarRecommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 19, 2018 - 11:11AM

    Same old faces cannot bring naya pakistan. Where are all those young insafian parliamentarians like ali amin gandapur , murad saeed etc. They could have been given ministries. Meanwhile Pervaiz khattak as minister of defence is a total waste of such talent.Recommend

  • Yousuf47;London
    Aug 19, 2018 - 12:46PM

    One feels slightly disappointed that Imran Khan, the symbol of change (Naya Pakistan) has a male dominated inner cabinet. It is hard to foresee a definitive change in the foreseeable future, so 100 days maybe a long time coming Recommend

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