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34-member cabinet takes oath today, Arif Alvi refuses to swear it in

President Dr Arif Alvi had declined to administer the oath on Monday

By Asim Yasin & Noor Aftab
April 19, 2022
PM Shehbaz Sharif addressing the national assembly. Photo: Twitter/PMO_PK
PM Shehbaz Sharif addressing the national assembly. Photo: Twitter/PMO_PK

ISLAMABAD: The 34-members cabinet of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is set to take the oath today (Tuesday) that includes 30 federal ministers, four ministers of state and three advisers to the Prime Minister.

Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani is likely to take oath from the cabinet in place of President Dr Arif Alvi who had declined to administer the oath on Monday.

According to a list issued by the Cabinet Division, the PML-N is going to have share is 12 federal ministers, two ministers of state and two advisors to prime ministers. The PPP will have nine federal Ministers, two ministers of state and one adviser to the PM. Four ministers will be from from JUIF, two from MQM-Pakistan, one each from JWP, BAP and PML-Q.

Those who are part of the cabinet are: Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Sanaullah Khanm Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Khurram Dastgir, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Javed latif, Riaz Hussain Peerzada, Murtaza Javed Abbassi, Azam Nazeer Tarar, Syed Khursheed Shahm Senator Sherry Rehman, Syed Naveed Qamar, Abdul Qadir Patel, Shazia Marri, Syed Murtaza Mehmud,, Sajid Hussain Turi, Ehasanur Rehman Mazari, Abdid Hussain Bhayo, Asad Mehmood, Abdul Wasay, Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Muhamamd Talha Mehmood, Syed Aminul Haq, Syed Faisal Sabzwari, Muhammad Israr Tareen, Shahzain Bugti and Chaudry Tariq Bashir Cheema.

Four Ministers of State are: Dr Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Hina Rabbani Khar, Abdul Rehman Kanju and Senator Mustafa Nawaz Kokhar. Prime Minister’s advisers are: Miftah Ismael, Amir Muqam and Qamar Zaman Kaira.

According to sources, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif contacted former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and asked him to hold the portfolio of minister for petroleum to steer the country out of the crisis.

Sources 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.