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Ministers take oath with black armbands

31 March 2008 302 views No Comment
24 members of the new cabinet have taken oath. Most of them are political opponents of Musharraf, eager to curtail his powers. Musharraf remained grim-faced throughout the ceremony in Islamabad. Several of these ministers taking oath were jailed by Musharraf in the past and he ousted the PML(N)’s government back in 1999 by a military coup. The prime Minister, Gilani himself spent five years in prison under Musharraf’s rule. No party head attended the swearing-in and the members of PML(N) taking oath sported black arm bands to show their defiance of the president.

Here is the list of ministries declared thus far:

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – Bhutto’s party

  • Shah Mehmood Qureshi, foreign minister
  • Sherry Rehman, information minister
  • Syed Naveed Qamar, minister for privatisation/port and shipping-additional
  • Raja Pervez Ashraf, minister for water and power
  • Syed Khursheed Shah, minister for labour, manpower and overseas Pakistanis
  • Qamar Zaman Kaira, minister for Kashmir affairs
  • Farooq Naek, minister for law, justice and human rights
  • Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, minister for defence
  • Nazar Muhammad Gondal, minister for narcotics
  • Najamuddin Khan, minister of states and border affairs
  • Mir Humayon Aziz Kurd, minister for welfare of population
Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) – Nawaz Sharif’s party
  • Nisar Ali Khan, senior minister and expected to hold the portfolio of inter-provincial ministry and communications
  • Ishaq Dar, minister for finance, economic affairs and commerce
  • Ahsan Iqbal, minister for education
  • Tehmina Daultana, minister for women development
  • Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, minister for railways
  • Khawaja Asif, minister for petroleum and natural resources
  • Rana Tanveer Hussain, minister for food, agriculture and livestock
  • Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, minister for defence production
  • Khawaja Saad Rafiq, minister for youth affairs

ANP (Awami National Party) – the secular Pashtun party

  • Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, minister for local government and rural development
  • Khawaja Khan Hoti, minister for social welfare and special education

JUI (Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Fazlur Rahman group)

  • Kakar, minister for religious affairs and Fata
  • Hameedullah Jan Afridi, minister for states and frontier region. (IANS)
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