Monday Apr 18, 2022
ISLAMABAD: PPP leader Khurshid Shah Monday said that the 36-member new federal cabinet will take oath tonight at 8:30pm.
During an informal conversation with journalists, Shah revealed that the PML-N will have the majority in the cabinet with 14 ministers. The PPP will have 11, and the JUI-F will be given four ministries. Meanwhile, the rest of the seven positions will be allotted among other allies.
Meanwhile, BNP-M’s Akhtar Mengal said that they will not be a part of the cabinet for now.
PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb, while speaking at a press conference, announced that she would reveal the names of the minister soon.
Earlier, sources had said that PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah is likely to be given the portfolio of the interior ministry, while Marriyum Aurangzeb is expected to be appointed as the information minister.
PML-N's Khawaja Asif, Saad Rafique, Khurram Dastgir, Ahsan Iqbal, Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Rana Sanaullah and Murtaza Javed are also likely to join the cabinet, sources had said.
Independent candidates Mohsin Dawar and Aslam Bhootani and PML-Q’s Tariq Bashir Cheema are also likely to be included in the cabinet.
A day ago, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah said that the ministry of foreign affairs is likely to be given to the PPP and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is deliberating over the decision.
"I cannot ascertain whether Bilawal Bhutto will become part of Shahbaz Sharif's cabinet," he had said.
According to sources, the following is the list of the party-wise divisions of ministries: