ISLAMABAD: The oath-taking ceremony of four more Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet ministers, which was scheduled to be held on Monday, was postponed until Tuesday.
President Arif Alvi was set to administer the oath to the four new ministers at a ceremony at President House on Monday. However, the ceremony was postponed due to the non-availability of guests on a short notice.
On Saturday, the PM gave the go-ahead to include four more ministers in the federal cabinet.
Umar Ayub Khan, Ali Zaidi, Muhammad Mian Soomro and Murad Saeed will be inducted into the federal cabinet.
Umar Ayub Khan will be given the portfolio of Energy, Ali Zaidi will take the charge of Maritime Affairs, and former Senate chairperson Muhammad Mian Soomro will be the Minister for Privatisation while Murad Saeed’s portfolio would be announced later.
Reports suggest that Saeed would be given the state minister’s portfolio. The federal cabinet has now as many as 23-member cabinets with the recent inclusion of ministers.
PM Khan has not given the Ministry of Interior portfolio to any of his cabinet members and has taken the resignation of Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan due to his graft cases before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Naeemul Haque and Iftikhar Durrani have been appointed as special assistants to the PM on political affairs and media affairs, respectively.