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Saturday Apr 20 2019

Ghulam Sarwar Khan accepts to take charge as aviation minister

Ghulam Sarwar Khan was given portfolio of aviation minister as part of cabinet reshuffle. Photo: File

ISLAMABAD: Ghulam Sarwar Khan has accepted Prime Minister Imran Khan's decision to change his ministry as part of the federal cabinet reshuffle, sources said on Saturday.

Ghulam Sarwar will take charge as aviation minister on Monday or Tuesday, the sources said. "After two holidays, I will go the aviation ministry and start work," the sources quoted the federal minister as saying.

"PM Imran is my captain and I accept all his decisions. The decision is to strengthen the premier's hands," he was further quoted as saying.

"I will run the aviation ministry as per PM Imran's vision. If PM Imran did not give me an alternate portfolio, I would have still accepted his decision," Ghulam Sarwar said according to sources.

A day earlier, sources said Ghulam Sarwar has refused to take charge of an alternate ministry as part of the major cabinet reshuffle.

However, speaking on Geo News's Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath on Friday, the federal minister denied reports that he was upset with PM Imran over the change in his ministry.

"It is the prime minister's right to change ministries. A few days earlier, PM Imran told me that the petroleum ministry is technical and you're a political person so take some other ministry as if you remain on it then you will have to face further criticism," Ghulam Sarwar said.

"During the last two federal cabinet meetings, we discussed the amnesty scheme and no individual was criticised," he added.

Regarding, Asad Umar's removal as finance minister, Ghulam Sarwar said, "He was being criticised for not being able to improve the economic situation but did not think that he will be removed."


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