KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government inducted nine more ministers in its cabinet on Wednesday, Express News reported.
The new ministers took oath today at the Governor House. Governor Ishratul Ebad administered the oath in presence of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.
An advisor has also been added to the cabinet, while the new ministers include PPP’s Owais Muzzafar, Javaid Nagori, Jam Mehtab, Mukesh Chawla and Gyan Chand.
A notification obtained by The Express Tribune listed the portfolios assigned.
Owais Muzzafar, who was recently made the chairman of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, was handed the portfolio of Local Government to pave a legal way for him to hold on to that chair. The extent of portfolio awarded to him included housing & town planning, rural development and public health engineering. He has also been given the additional charge of health.
Syed Ali Mardan Shah was given food ministry, Jam Mehtab Dahar commerce and industries, Dost Ali Rahimoon auqaf, zakat and ushr, Javed Nagori katchi abadis and spatial development, Jam Khan Shoro livestock and fisheries.
Gyan Chand was awarded wildlife and forest with the additional charge of minorities and labour.
Mukesh Kumar Chawla, who held the portfolio of Excise and Taxation in the previous administration, returns to the same office for a second stint.
Rubina Qaimkhani, the only female MPA to be handed a portfolio in this round, was given the charge for population welfare, women development, social welfare and special education.
The Sindh government had previously held off from awarding ministries beyond a handful, hoping to use the cabinet seats as a bargaining chip to woo the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to come over to the treasury benches as coalition partners.
However, when the MQM was not swayed, the PPP, which has simple majority in the assembly, decided to go ahead with appointing its own members to cabinet positions.
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