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PM Shehbaz’s cabinet: Who will be handling which ministry?

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ISLAMABAD: As many as 31 ministers took oath today, days after the National Assembly elected Shehbaz Sharif the 23rd prime minister of Pakistan.

In the new setup, the cabinet has 31 federal ministers, three ministers of state and three advisers so far, but some have not taken up their responsibility as of yet.

Here’s a list of all the federal ministers, state ministers, and adivser to PM who have been assigned their portfolios.

Federal ministers

NumberMinistryName
1Minister of DefenceKhawaja Asif
2Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal
3Ministry of InteriorRana Sanaullah
4Ministry of Education and Professional TraningRana Tanveer Hussain
5Ministry of Climate ChangeSherry Rehman
6Ministry of InformationMarriyum Aurangzeb
7Ministry of RailwaysKhawaja Saad Rafique
8Ministry of Water ResourcesSyed Khursheed Shah
9Ministry of CommerceSyed Naveed Qamar
10Ministry of HealthAbdul Qadir Patel
11Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Social SafetyShazia Marri
12Minister for IndustriesSyed Murtaza Mahmud
13Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource DevelopmentSajid Hussain Turi
14Ministry of Human RightsEhsaan-ur-Rehman Mazari
15Minister of PrivatisationAbid Hussain Bhayo
16Ministry Of CommunicationAsad Mahmood
17Ministry of Housing and WorksAbdul Wasay
18Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith HarmonyMufti Abdul Shakoor
19Ministry of SAFFRONMuhammad Talha Mahmood
20Information and Technology Syed Amin-ul-Haque
21Ministry of Maritime AffairsSyed Faisal Ali Subzwari
22Ministry of Defence ProductionMuhammad Israr Tareen
23Ministry of Narcotics ControlShahzain Bugti
24Ministry of Food Security and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema

Ministers of State

NumberMinistry Name
1Finance and RevenueAisha Ghaus Pasha
2Foreign AffairsHina Rabbani Khar

Adviser to PM

NumberPortfolioName
1Adviser to PM on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-BaltistanQamar Zaman Kaira

Following the oath-taking ceremony, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif summoned the first federal cabinet meeting tomorrow at 10am. The meeting will take place at PM House.

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President Asif Zardari emphasizes the importance of offering assistance to the impoverished and middle-income groups in the federal budget.

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President Asif Ali Zardari has emphasized the importance of offering assistance to the impoverished and middle-income individuals in the forthcoming federal budget for the fiscal year 2024-25.

President Asif Ali Zardari expressed these remarks during in a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The conference was attended by Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday to request complete support from him and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for the next budget approval.

The President pledged to offer complete cooperation in attaining the objectives for the economic and developmental advancement of the nation.

Additionally, please peruse: Overview of the 2024-25 Budget

Both parties engaged in a discussion over the current economic state of the country. In addition, they deliberated on factors regarding the provision of assistance to the general people in the forthcoming budget.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also briefed the president about his recent visit to China. Leaders of nations and governments also deliberated on the development initiatives outlined in the forthcoming budget.

President Asif Ali Zardari emphasized to the Prime Minister the importance of offering assistance to the impoverished and middle-class individuals in the forthcoming federal budget.

The government is set to unveil a budget of Rs. 18 trillion.

It is important to mention that the government is prepared to deliver a federal budget above Rs18,500 billion today (Wednesday).

The government has allotted a sum of Rs2,100 billion for defense expenditures and Rs9,700 billion for interest payments on reserved loans. An allocation of Rs. 1500 billion has been made for development projects.

The budget allocates 253 billion rupees for the energy sector, 827 billion rupees for infrastructure, 800 billion rupees for energy sector subsidy, 206 billion rupees for water resources, and 279 billion rupees for transport and communication. The budget has a GDP growth target of 3.6 percent.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will collect taxes amounting to Rs. 12,970 billion.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been assigned a tax collection target of 12,970 billion rupees for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) would need to generate an additional revenue of 3,720 billion rupees, with 3,452 billion rupees coming from direct taxes and 267 billion rupees from customs duties, in comparison to the current financial year.

The Inland Revenue’s tax revenue is projected to reach 11,379 billion rupees, with direct taxes accounting for 5,512 billion rupees and income tax contributing 5,454 billion rupees.

The income tax volume has set an extra objective of 1773 billion rupees, bringing the total aim to 2500 billion rupees.

Conversely, the parliamentary party of PPP convened a meeting led by former foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. During the meeting, assembly members voiced their apprehensions about the budget and stated that the terms upon which Shehbaz supported the government have yet to be fulfilled.

PPP leader Syed Khurshid Shah expressed his lack of knowledge on the specific details of the budget, as well as the agreements with the IMF and China, during a conversation with the media. In the past, the opposition was consulted, while an ally is not consulted.

The government is presenting a growth-oriented budget today, which amounts to Rs18,900 billion.

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The Prime Minister expressed deep sorrow at the demise of the Vice President of Malawi in an aviation accident.

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif conveyed his profound sorrow on the demise of Vice President Saulos Chilima of Malawi in a sad aviation accident.

The prime minister sent his support to the government and citizens of Malawi during this difficult time and offered his condolences to the grieving family.

Saulos Chilima perished in an aviation accident, alongside nine other individuals, as declared by the nation’s President Lazarus Chakwera in a national speech.

The airplane became untraceable after it was unable to successfully touch down at the Mzuzu International Airport, located around 380 kilometers north of the capital city, Lilongwe. Chakwera has announced that the plane wreckage has been found.

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The court authorizes court reporting through the use of the IHC and grants permission to the media.

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The court has authorized the media to report on court proceedings, with adherence to the guidelines specified in a Supreme Court ruling.

The Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued a written ruling granting approval for the plea to delay the hearing of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and instructed that the matter be scheduled for a hearing in the first week of July.

The ruling is a result of petitions submitted by the Islamabad High Court Journalist Association, press association, and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), which contested the PEMRA announcement.

On May 24th, the IHC sent notifications to PEMRA and the information secretary after receiving a petition that questioned the authority’s prohibition on publishing judicial proceedings. The court issued an injunction preventing PEMRA from imposing any disciplinary measures on television channels based on the present notification.

The court has also issued a notice regarding a miscellaneous petition that seeks to completely halt the PEMRA notification. This lawsuit exemplifies the ongoing legal dispute regarding the control of media coverage of court proceedings and the delicate balance between media freedom and the integrity of the judiciary.

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