Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s 34-member cabinet will finally take oath today (Tuesday) after the cabinet division issued a list of federal ministers, ministers of state, and advisers included in the first phase of the induction last night.
The list had the names of 30 federal ministers, four ministers of state, and three advisers to the Prime Minister.
A day earlier, the federal cabinet had to take the oath, but President Arif Alvi excused himself from administrating oaths to the federal cabinet members, leaving the government with no choice but to postpone it.
According to sources, in the absence of President Alvi, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani will likely administer the oath to the members of the federal cabinet today.
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.
Meanwhile, speaking on Geo News program ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath’, a PML-N leader confirmed the federal cabinet would be taking oath today and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari would become the next foreign minister, but as per the list issued by the cabinet division, Bilawal Bhutto’s name is not included.
According to the list issued by the cabinet division late night, 30 federal ministers, along with four advisers and four ministers of state will make up PM Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet.
As per the Cabinet Division, the PML-N, which leads the National Assembly with a majority among the ruling alliance, will have 12 federal ministers, two ministers of state, and two advisers.
The PPP will have nine federal ministers, two ministers of state, and one adviser to the PM.
Four ministers will be from JUIF, two from MQM-Pakistan, and one each from JWP, BAP, and PML-Q.
A list of the federal ministers:
Khawaja Muhammad Asif, MNA
Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, MNA
Rana Sana Ullah Khan, MNA
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA
Rana Tanveer Hussain. MNA
Khurrum Dastagir Khan, MNA
Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA
Khawaja Saad Rafique, MNA
Mian Javed Latif, MNA
Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada. MNA
Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA
Azam Nazeer Tarar, Senator
Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, MNA
Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA
Sherry Rehman, Senator
Abdul Qadir Patel, MNA
Shazia Marri, MNA
Syed Murtaza Mahmud, MNA
Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA
Ehsan ur Rehman Mazari, MNA
Abid Hussain Bhayo, MNA
Asad Mahmood, MNA
Abdul Wasay, MNA
Mufti Abdul Shakoor, MNA
Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Senator
Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA
Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari, Senator
Muhammad Israr Tareen, MNA
Nawabzada Shazain Bugti, MNA
Chaudhary Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA
Ministers of state
Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, MNA
Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, MNA
Hina Rabbani Khar, MNA
Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Senator
Advisers to the PM
Qamar Zaman Kaira
According to The News, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif contacted former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and asked him to hold the portfolio of ministers for petroleum to steer the country out of the crisis, citing sources.
Sources further said the ruling coalition had not yet decided to remove President Arif Alvi because it would need comprehensive support in the national and provincial assemblies. The ruling parties would decide the name of the next president at an appropriate time.