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Tuesday Apr 19 2022
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PM Shehbaz Sharif's new cabinet finally takes oath

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Web Desk

Members of federal cabinet take oath at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Screengrab
Members of federal cabinet take oath at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Screengrab

  • Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani administers oath to members of federal cabinet.
  • Newly formed cabinet comprises 31 federal ministers, three ministers of state and three advisers.
  • Fawad Chaudhry mocks newly formed cabinet, calling it "attendance register of Central Jail."


ISLAMABAD: After much anticipation and delays, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's cabinet has been sworn in in the first phase at an oath-taking ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday.

Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani administered the oath to the members of the federal cabinet, instead of President Arif Alvi as he excused himself from performing his constitutional duty.

The cabinet has 31 federal ministers, three ministers of state and three advisers.

A list of the federal ministers:

PML-N

  • Khawaja Muhammad Asif
  • Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary
  • Rana Sana Ullah Khan
  • Sardar Ayaz Sadiq
  • Rana Tanveer Hussain
  • Khurrum Dastagir Khan
  • Marriyum Aurangzeb
  • Khawaja Saad Rafique
  • Mian Javed Latif
  • Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada
  • Murtaza Javed Abbasi
  • Azam Nazeer Tarar
  • Miftah Ismail

PPP

  • Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah
  • Syed Naveed Qamar
  • Sherry Rehman
  • Abdul Qadir Patel
  • Shazia Marri
  • Syed Murtaza Mahmud
  • Sajid Hussain Turi
  • Ehsan ur Rehman Mazari
  • Abid Hussain Bhayo

JUI-F

  • Asad Mahmood
  • Abdul Wasay
  • Mufti Abdul Shakoor
  • Muhammad Talha Mahmood

MQM-P

  • Syed Amin-ul-Haque
  • Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari

BAP

  • Muhammad Israr Tareen

JWP

  • Nawabzada Shazain Bugti

PML-Q

  • Tariq Basheer Cheema

Ministers of state

PML-N

  • Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha
  • Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju

PPP

  • Hina Rabbani Khar

Advisers to the PM

PML-N

  • Amir Muqam

PPP

  • Qamar Zaman Kaira

JKT Group

  • Aun Chaudhry

The cabinet division issued a list of federal ministers, ministers of state and advisers included in the first phase of the induction on Monday night.

Bilawal Bhutto, Khaqan Abbasi missing from cabinet

Despite reports of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be given the portfolio of the foreign ministry and petroleum ministry respectively, the two politicians are not a part of PM Shehbaz Sharif's cabinet so far.

Bilawal did, however, attend the oath-taking of the cabinet members.

It may be noted that a PML-N leader, while speaking during Geo News programme 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath', said that Bilawal would become the next foreign minister 

According to The News, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif contacted Abbasi and asked him to hold the portfolio of the minister for petroleum to steer the country out of the crisis, citing sources.

'Central jail attendance register'

Soon after the oath-taking ceremony, former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry mocked the newly formed cabinet, saying that it seemed like the "attendance register of Central Jail."

Taking to Twitter, Fawad said:

"Miscellaneous cabinet seems like the attendance register of Central Jail when names [of its members] are read. Big dacoits have joined the cabinet."

Earlier, there was uncertainty among the parties of the ruling alliance on becoming a part of the federal cabinet as PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari had said that his party would not take ministries.

However, later, in a brief press talk at Parliament House on Saturday, Asif Zardari said that they want their friends to be accommodated first, The News reported.