The caretaker prime minister on Wednesday allocated portfolios to his ministers, but some important portfolios are still vacant. Key ministries of petroleum, finance and the foreign affairs have yet to be allocated.
Sources told The Express Tribune that four to six more ministers are expected to be inducted in the caretaker cabinet from all four provinces. Today, Premier Khoso allotted portfolios to 13 members of his cabinet. Wajahat Hussain has not been allotted any portfolio, though.
Malik Habib has been assigned the portfolio of Interior and Narcotics Control; Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights; Dr Musaddaq Malik, Water and Power; and Arif Nizami has been handed the Ministry of Information and Postal Service.
Shahzada Ahsan Ashraf Sheikh has been made Minister for Industries and Production; Maqbool HH Rahmatoola, Minister for Textile and Commerce; Abdul Malik Kasi, Minister for Railways and Asadullah Mandokhel has been made Minister for Ports and Shipping and Communication.
Mir Hassan Domki is the new minister for Food Security and Inter-Provincial Coordination and Sania Nishter is Minister for Science and Technology, IT, Professional Training and Education. Feroze Jamal Shah Kakahel has been assigned the portfolio of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation; Younis Soomro, Housing and Works and Dr Shahzada Jamal has been made Minister for Religious and National Harmony.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2013.