Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Imran Khan reshuffles Cabinet amidst criticism over govt performance

Imran Khan reshuffles Cabinet amidst criticism over govt performance

"No one should expect from the new finance minister that things could be better in three months' time", Asad Umar told reporters in capital Islamabad on Thursday afternoon.

In a major Cabinet reshuffle yesterday (April 18), Brig (Retd) Ijaz Ahmed Shah was appointed Federal Minister for Interior, a portfolio which rested with Prime Minister Imran Khan since the formation of the cabinet in September previous year.

A day after major reshuffling in the federal cabinet, an updated list of federal ministers, ministers of state and advisers and special assistants to the prime minister was issued on Friday.

Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, a U.S-educated economist who worked at Harvard University, also spent many years working for the World Bank and had also been the privatisation minister during the government of former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf. "However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position", Umar said Thursday on Twitter. The Prime Minister has not appointed a new finance minister and instead planning to appoint an advisor on finance.

However, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry denied the reports of the reshuffle.

The PTI government also appointed its first full-fledged interior minister; retired Brig Ijaz Ahmed Shah, who had taken oath as minister for parliamentary affairs earlier this month, was named interior minister.

Khan made 10 ministerial appointments, including Sheikh who has already served as finance minister under the opposition Pakistan People's Party when it was in power.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan, who was the petroleum minister, has been shifted to aviation ministry.

Meanwhile, Shehryar Afridi was made minister for states and frontier regions - the portfolio which was previously held by Ali Amin Gandapur.

Azam Swati, who stepped down a year ago as minister of science and technology for allegedly using his influence over police to register a case against a poor family, made a comeback and appointed as minister for parliamentary affairs. Nadeem Babar has replaced Sarwar as the PM's adviser on petroleum.

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