Pak cabinet reconstituted
Qureshi Out,Hina Is New FM
REZAUL H LASKAR
Islamabad, Feb 11: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday administered oath to 22-member new Federal Cabinet and one state minister here on Friday.
The new cabinet included 18 old and four new ministers. It also included one minister of state, Hina Rabbani Khar.
The ministers, who took oath at Aiwan-i-Sadr, included Mian Changez Jamali, Dr. Firdous Aishaq Awan, Syed Khurshid Shah, Sardar Alhaj Muhammad Umar Goreja, Hina Rabbani Khar, Mir Israr Ullah Zehri, Arbab Alamgir Khan, Mian Raza Rabbani, Syed Naveed Qamar, Rehman Malik, Amin Fahim, Shahbaz Bhatti, Engineer Shaukat Ullah, Samina Khalid Gurki, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Haji Khuda Baksh Rajar, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Babar Awan, Haji Gulam Ahmed Balour, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar and Mir Hazar Khan Bajrani.
Prominent members of the previous federal cabinet, who had not been included in the cabinet, are Qamar Zaman Kaira, Raja Parvez Ahsraf and Nazar Muhammad Gondal.
The cabinet members had tendered resignations to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday, after the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Pakistan Peoples Party had authorised Gilani to appoint a new “lean” cabinet.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who was known for his less-than friendly attitude towards India, is no longer the foreign minister.
A voluble leader, 54-year-old Qureshi, who headed the foreign ministry in the PPP government since March 2008, today refused to take oath as a cabinet minister after it became known that he was not going to get the foreign affairs portfolio.
Offered Water and Power portfolio, the former foreign minister was apparently reluctant to join the government, PPP spokesperson Fauzia Wahab told PTI.
A lawyer by profession, Qureshi was considered a hardliner because of his apparent proximity to the Army.
For now, the foreign ministry will be looked after by Hina Rabbani Khar, who was minister of state for finance in the dissolved cabinet, sources said.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Feb 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:00:00 IST
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