Thursday Apr 15 2021

PM Imran Khan formally hands over information ministry portfolio to Fawad Chaudhry

  • PM Imran Khan reappoints Fawad Chaudhry as information minister.
  • SAPM Shahbaz Gill, Senator Faisal Javed confirm the development.
  • This is the second time Chaudhry has been given the portfolio.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has formally handed over the Ministry of Information to federal minister Fawad Chaudhry, Special Assistant to PM on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill said Thursday.

Gill, terming it a great choice, said Chaudhry was a popular figure due to his political consciousness, intelligence, and people-friendly style.

Earlier, Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting chairperson Senator Faisal Javed Khan had confirmed that Chaudhry had been reappointed as the federal information minister.

He congratulated Chaudhry for getting reappointed and wished him all the best.

This is the second time Chaudhry has been given the portfolio in 2.5 years. The first time was in August 2018. Subsequently, in April 2019, he was handed the science and technology ministry.

It is not clear whether he will remain the minister for science and technology.

Read more: Fawad Chaudhry likely to get information ministry in cabinet reshuffle

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan was appointed the special assistant to PM on information and broadcasting after Chaudhry, but was replaced with Senator Shibli Faraz in April, 2020.

After the Senate elections, Prime Minister Imran Khan made several changes to the cabinet and giving additional charge to Chaudhry of the information ministry was one of them.

Fawad Chaudhry meets PM Imran Khan

Shortly after Khan congratulatory tweet, it was reported that Chaudhry called on Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The two reportedly discussed the political situation in the country.

PM Khan informed Chaudhry about giving him additional responsibilities, sources said.

Chaudhry is expected to receive a notification from the Ministry of Information today, the sources added.