‘Major reshuffle’, Fawad’s ministry changed, Hafeez Sheikh appointed advisor on finance
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan reshuffled his cabinet, changing portfolios of several members and departing of Finance Minister Asad Umar.
Ijaz Ahmed Shah has been appointed as the Interior Minister, whereas Fawad Chaudhry handed over Ministry of Science and Technology, according a statement issued from PM House.
Minister of State Shehryar Afridi has been handed over Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), while Ghulam Sarwar Khan appointed Minister for Aviation, the statement said.
Azam Swati has been appointed as Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, it said, adding that Federal Minister for Privatisation Mohammad Mian Soomro shall cease to hold additional portfolio of Aviation Division.
The statement further read that Dr Zafarullah Mirza, Firdous Ashiq Awan and Nadeem Babar have been appointed Special Assistants to the Prime Minister for National Health Services, Information and Petroleum Division, respectively.
Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has been been appointed as Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Finance, it added.
Minister for Housing Tariq Bashir Cheema, Health Minister Amir Mehmood Kayani and Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur have been deprived of their respective portfolios, according to the sources.
The cabinet overhaul comes hours after Finance Minister Asad Umar stepped down from his post.
Umar announced earlier in the day that he will no longer be part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s federal cabinet.