Cabinet reduced to 22 in reshuffle


Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani made a number of changes to his Cabinet on Friday (11th February 2011). The main casualty was Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who is out of the Cabinet although he was offered another post. His replacement has still to be announced. Meanwhile Hina Rabbani Khar has come in as the new Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Under the 18th Amendment to the constitution, which was passed last year, the Cabinet should be no larger than 11% of parliament or a maximum of 49 members. The previous Cabinet was 54 members and this has been reduced to 22 in the reshuffle.

Most of the 22 sworn in by President Asif Ali Zardari are members of his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

The full list as published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is:

1. Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo: Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs
2. Ms. Samina Khalid Ghurki: Environment
3. Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar: Defense
4. Dr. Zaheeruddin Babar Awan: Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
5. Dr. Firdos Ashiq Awan: Information and Broadcasting
6. Makhdoom Shahabuddin: Textile
7. Mian Raza Rabbani: Inter Provincial Coordination
8. A. Rehman Malik: Interior
9. Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh: Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs
10. Syed Khursheed Shah: Religious Affairs
11. Syed Naveed Qamar: Privatization
12. Makhdoom Amin Fahim: Commerce
13. Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani: Industries and Production
14. Haji Khuda Bux Rajar: Narcotics Control
15. Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan: Communication
16. Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour: Railways
17. Engr. Shaukat Ullah: States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON)
18. Mir Changez Khan Jamali: Science and Technology
19. Sardar Al-Haaj Mohammad Umar Gorage: Postal Services
20. Mir. Israrullah Zehri: Food and Agriculture
21. Shahbaz Bhatti: Minorities

22. Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

The Prime Minister holds the following portfolios:

1. Water and Power
2. Human Rights
3. Information Technology and Telecommunication
4. Defence Production
5. Petroleum and Natural Resources
6. Overseas Pakistanis
7. Ports and Shipping
8. Housing and Works

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