Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed Hafeez Shaikh as the federal minister for finance, while Sheikh Rashid gets the interior ministry portfolio in yet another cabinet shakeup.
Meanwhile, retired Brig Ijaz Ahmed Shah is now the minister for narcotics control. Retired Brig Shah, earlier held the interior ministry portfolio.
The previous portfolio of Sheikh Rashid was Railways Minister. Swati was Minister for Narcotics Control and Brig (retd) Ijaz Ahmed Shah was Interior Minister). Moreover, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh was PM Imran’s Adviser on Finance and Revenue.
This is the fourth federal cabinet shakeup in less than three years of the PTI government.
The reshuffle comes days after the Islamabad High Court ruled that unelected advisers and special assistants could not head government’s committees and had subsequently set aside the notification of the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation, headed by Hafeez.
Though Hafeez is not an elected member of the National Assembly, said a Dawn report. According to Article 91 (9) of the Constitution, any individual who is not part of the Parliament can be a minister for six months. To become a minister again, the unelected member should be elected to the assembly.
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