ISLAMABAD: Eight months into the tenure of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) authorities, Prime Minister Imran Khan has pulled again his key gamers from the entrance line in a significant federal cabinet reshuffle on Thursday.
The primary key determination got here earlier within the day when Asad Umar, who was going through mounting criticism in current weeks over the state of the nation’s financial system, was ousted because the finance minister.
Umar maintained that the prime minister had provided him the vitality portfolio, however he selected to resign from the federal cabinet.
Dr. Hafeez Shaikh, an economist, and former federal minister, has been chosen to repair the financial maladies and appointed adviser on finance.
Based on the Prime Minister’s office, Fawad Chaudhry, who was holding the portfolio of the ministry of data and broadcasting, would now function the minister for science and know-how.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, a former info minister, has taken over because the particular assistant to the prime minister on the knowledge.
Shehryar Afridi, the state minister for inside, has been assigned the portfolio of the States and Frontier Areas (Safron) ministry.
Brig (retd) Ijaz Shah, who was appointed the parliamentary affairs minister final month, has been named as the inside minister.
The prime minister has appointed Azam Swati because the parliamentary affairs minister. He had resigned because the science and know-how minister final 12 months.
The portfolio of the petroleum ministry has been taken away from Ghulam Sarwar Khan. The prime minister has appointed him because the aviation minister.
With Sarwar taking on the cost, Mohammadmian Soomro, the privatisation minister, will stop to carry the extra portfolio of the aviation division.
Nadeem Babar, the top of the prime minister’s job power on vitality reforms, will now function the particular assistant to the prime minister on petroleum division.
The prime minister has ousted Aamir Mehmood Kiyani because the nationwide health services, rules, and coordination minister.
Dr Zafarullah Mirza, the director of the division of well being system improvement on the World Health Organisation (WHO), has been named the particular assistant to the prime minister on nationwide well being companies.
Born in 1955, Dr Hafeez Shaikh holds a PhD in economics from Boston College. Having labored at Harvard Institute of Improvement and assumed key workplaces on the World Bank, Shaikh has over 30 years of expertise beneath his belt in financial policymaking, administration, and implementation.
Throughout General Pervez Musharraf’s period, Shaikh assumed workplaces in each the Sindh and federal governments.
After General Musharraf declared himself President, Shaikh was appointed a minister for finance, planning, and improvement for Sindh. He’s esteemed to be the architect of Sindh’s monetary restoration throughout his profitable 2000-2002 tenure.
He has been elected senator thrice. Shaikh’s three years because the federal minister for privatisation and funding have been thought-about most profitable in Pakistan’s historical past.
His final project was because the federal minister for finance within the final Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) authorities.
Although Shaikh remained finance minister between 2010 and 2013, he was unsuccessful in steering the financial system out of the disaster. Attributable to this, he was bitterly criticised by the opposition.
Firdous Ashiq Awan
Firdous Ashiq Awan began her political profession within the mid-90s whereas finishing her house-job at Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore after efficiently getting her MBBS diploma from Fatima Jinnah Medical Faculty.
Again then, she laid the inspiration of the Society for Well being and Development Change to make sure public reduction work within the division of well being.
Later, in the course of the tenure of former president General Musharraf, Awan was elected a district council member in Sialkot on a Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid ticket, after the previous elevated the variety of particular seats for girls in native our bodies.
Within the basic elections of 2002, she was elected an MNA on the identical get together’s ticket and was additionally appointed a parliamentary secretary. In contrast to a number of different girls who made their foray into politics, Awan continued to progress and initiated improvement work in a village of Sialkot close to the Indian border.
There, Awan confronted a troublesome job as then Nationwide Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain belonged to the identical constituency and maintained public gatherings. Awan refused to be influenced or take the strain and continued her political journey.
As a self-made politician and lady, Awan didn’t flee and stood her floor firmly in opposition to Hussain. Whereas it was fairly unattainable for her to bypass the politician, Awan known as on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in London and subsequently introduced becoming a member of the PPP earlier than the final elections.
In 2008, she defeated Hussain with an enormous margin, creating an upset for the rival get together. Beneath the PPP authorities, Awan first turned a minister for inhabitants welfare after which an info minister.
Awan left the PPP in June 2017 to hitch the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Dr Zafarullah Mirza has labored on the WHO in several capacities.
He holds a Bachelor of Medication and Surgical procedure from Rawalpindi Medical Faculty, in addition to a Grasp’s of Science diploma in Public Well being in Growing International locations from the London College of Hygiene and Tropical Medication.
Nadeem Babar has served in varied honorary capacities within the authorities. Most lately, he was appointed the chairman of the prime minister’s job power on energy sector reforms.