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PM Shehbaz Sharif’s long-awaited 34-member cabinet takes oath today

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  • First phase of long-awaited induction of 34-member cabinet today.
  • 30 federal ministers, along with three advisers and four ministers of state make up PM Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet.
  • PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto’s name not included in list issued by Cabinet Division.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s 34-member cabinet will finally take oath today (Tuesday) after the cabinet division issued a list of federal ministers, ministers of state and adviser included in the first phase of the induction last night. 

The list had the names of 30 federal ministers, four ministers of state and three advisers to the Prime Minister.

A day earlier, the federal cabinet had to take oath, but President Arif Alvi excused himself from administrating oaths to the federal cabinet members, leaving the government with no choice but to postpone it.

According to sources, in the absence of President Alvi, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani will likely administer the oath to the members of the federal cabinet today.

There was uncertainty among the parties of the ruling alliance on becoming a part of the federal cabinet as PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari had said that his party would not take ministries.

However, later, in a brief press talk at Parliament House on Saturday, Asif Zardari said that they want their friends to be accommodated first, The News reported. 

Meanwhile, speaking on Geo News programme ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath’, a PML-N leader confirmed the federal cabinet would be taking oath today and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari would become the next foreign minister, but as per the list issued by the cabinet division, Bilawal Bhutto’s name is not included.

According to the list issued by the cabinet division late night, 30 federal ministers, along with four advisers and four ministers of state will make up PM Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet.

As per the Cabinet Division, the PML-N, which leads the National Assembly with a majority among the ruling alliance, will have 12 federal ministers, two ministers of state, and two advisers.

The PPP will have nine federal ministers, two ministers of state, and one adviser to the PM.

Four ministers will be from JUIF, two from MQM-Pakistan, and one each from JWP, BAP, and PML-Q.

A list of the federal ministers:

PML-N

Khawaja Muhammad Asif, MNA

Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, MNA

Rana Sana Ullah Khan, MNA

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA

Rana Tanveer Hussain. MNA

Khurrum Dastagir Khan, MNA

Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA

Khawaja Saad Rafique, MNA

Mian Javed Latif, MNA

Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada. MNA

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA

Azam Nazeer Tarar, Senator

PPP

Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, MNA

Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA

Sherry Rehman, Senator

Abdul Qadir Patel, MNA

Shazia Marri, MNA

Syed Murtaza Mahmud, MNA

Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA

Ehsan ur Rehman Mazari, MNA

Abid Hussain Bhayo, MNA

MMA

Asad Mahmood, MNA

Abdul Wasay, MNA

Mufti Abdul Shakoor, MNA

Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Senator

MQM-P

Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA

Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari, Senator

BAP

Muhammad Israr Tareen, MNA

JWP

Nawabzada Shazain Bugti, MNA

PML-Q

Chaudhary Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA

Ministers of state

PML-N

Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, MNA

Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, MNA

PPP

Hina Rabbani Khar, MNA

Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Senator

Advisers to the PM

PML-N

Miftah Ismail

Amir Muqam 

PPP

Qamar Zaman Kaira

According to The News , 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, citing sources.

Sources further 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.

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Meeting with the President: The Need for Preventive Measures to Avoid Expensive Treatment

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According to President Dr. Arif Alvi, adopting preventative measures against various ailments is essential to avoiding costly treatment, and these practices would also lessen the strain on the healthcare system.

He was speaking with a Pakistan National Heart Association team when they paid him a visit at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The President received a report from the delegation detailing the organization’s successes and operations.

The President emphasised the need to raise public awareness of the need of taking preventative steps to ward off heart disease and non-communicable illnesses.

In addition, he emphasised the need of the media, the local populace, mosques, and non-governmental organisations in raising this kind of knowledge in addition to using the newest media outlets to disseminate awareness.

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Meeting with COAS: Gen Asim to Reach National Agreement on Reducing Intolerance, ASP Shehrbano

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Lady Police Officer Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi has received praise from Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir for calming a tense situation and defending a woman in Ichra Bazaar, Lahore, from a violent crowd.

When the Army Chief met with Assistant Superintendent of Police Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi in Rawalpindi, he emphasised the value of social cohesion and the necessity of national agreement on reducing bigotry.

He acknowledged the important role Pakistani women have played in all spheres of society since the country’s independence and stated that because of their skill, perseverance, and dedication, they have made a name for themselves both domestically and internationally.

According to the Army Chief, women play a crucial role in Pakistani culture and are respected in both our social and religious ethos.

He placed a strong emphasis on the rule of law and cautioned against enforcing laws on oneself when there are legal channels available to resolve issues and complaints.

Syed Asim Munir emphasised the enduring theme of love and generosity found in Islam, pointing out that arbitrary measures based on heresy damage society’s perspective.

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Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri’s JUI-F resignation from the Senate

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Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the JUI-F leader’s resignation, which he accepted.

In the National Assembly, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri will be sworn in as a member.

Following their victories in the general elections on February 8 for the Balochistan Assembly, Senators Sarfraz Bugti and Prince Umar Ahmedzai had already announced their resignations from the Senate.

Prior carer Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the resignation of Federal Interior Minister Bugti, which he accepted.

In a similar vein, Senator Prince Umar Ahmedzai of the Balochistan Awami Party resigned from the Senate following his election to the provincial legislature.

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