Phase one: Federal cabinet to be sworn in today

Published: June 7, 2013
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“Nothing pertaining to the cabinet has been finalised apart from key portfolios and there could be a surprise as far as the new faces and their portfolios are concerned,” said the PML-N leader. PHOTO: FILE

“Nothing pertaining to the cabinet has been finalised apart from key portfolios and there could be a surprise as far as the new faces and their portfolios are concerned,” said the PML-N leader. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Around a dozen new federal ministers are set to take oath and become part of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet today (Friday).

According to sources, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pervez Rashid, Ishaq Dar, Pir Sadaruddin Shah Rashdi, Murtaza Jatoi, Tariq Fatemi, Ahsan Iqbal, Abdul Qadir Baloch and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be taking the oath in the first phase of the cabinet formation. The oath will be administered by President Asif Ali Zardari at the President’s House at 4pm.

The sources said so far six portfolios have been finalised. Chaudhry Nisar is set to be appointed as the interior minister, Ishaq Dar as the finance minister, Tariq Fatemi as an adviser on foreign affairs, Pervez Rashid as information minister, Khawaja Asif as the water and power minister and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the minister for petroleum and natural resources, they maintained.

Talking to The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity, a senior PML-N leader said that while the cabinet in the initial phase would consist of 10-12 ministers, it would eventually be expanded to 25 or 26 members, including state ministers and advisers.

“Nothing pertaining to the cabinet has been finalised apart from key portfolios and there could be a surprise as far as the new faces and their portfolios are concerned,” said the PML-N leader.

“There could be unexpected people in the cabinet… I can tell you that even the big leaders are unaware of the people who will be in the cabinet,” he added.

Accommodating partners

According to the PML-N leader, while a coalition partner from PML-Functional will be included in the cabinet, there is little chance of accommodating Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl in the initial round.

He said JUI-F had demanded three portfolios but the PML-N leadership is only willing to offer one. This, he maintained, was the reason behind the deadlock between the two parties.

The PML-N leader confirmed the portfolios of Nisar, Dar, Rashid, Khawaja Asif and Fatemi. He said there was a chance that Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch would be given the ministry of defence production.

He added that Balighur Rehman and Arshad Leghari from southern Punjab would also be accommodated in the cabinet. The leader said, however, that the Khoso family was unlikely to be accommodated in the cabinet.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • A J Khan
    Jun 7, 2013 - 11:07AM

    So far the names disclosed are from Punjab only. Is Nawaz going to repeat his old habits or going to have the Federal thinking,

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  • aries
    Jun 7, 2013 - 11:45AM

    Looking positive.Where is Khwaja Saad Rafique

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  • ali ahmed
    Jun 7, 2013 - 12:45PM

    same old face

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  • Jun 7, 2013 - 7:14PM

    @A J Khan
    Accepting the PTI mandate in KPK despite having a chance to form a coalition government by hook or crook, is not a democratic thinking?

    Nominating an educated middle class baloch nationalist (Dr. Abdul Maalik Baloch) as CM and a pashtun nationalist as Governor (both not from N league) is not federally thinking?

    Election 2013 are over now and people of pakistan give a shared mandate to all major parties to work together. Now lets focus our energies on problems not towards people.

    Its high time for all of Pakistanis to please grow up, do a soul searching and come out of all class, cast, sect, province and party prejudices to stand as one nation, to make a serious effort for our future.

    United we stand, divided we fall.

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  • Mohammad Haque
    Jun 12, 2013 - 7:47PM

    All the critics of Cabinet names and how Nawaz Sharif is moving, be sensible and realistic and give him some time to fix the unbelievable mess that Zardari & Co. has created. He has been in office for a week or so and his critics are showing real narrow-mindedness. Though I am not a diehard Pmln supporter but sensible reality should prevail if we have any love left for our country. There is no denying the fact that NS really means business this time even his political enemies are acknowledging this. Anyone who is saying that his cabinet has same old faces then mention any name whatsoever that’s not old face in Pakistan’s political spectrum. Does PTI has any new face; well, I guess Javed Hashmi, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jehangir Tareen, Pervez Khattak, Mahmood Rashid, Aleem Khan, Ghulam Sarwar, they are all new faces in PTI, right!

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