New Pakistan cabinet to be declared soon

Islamabad, April 12 : Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is likely to announce the new cabinet on Tuesday night, according to media reports. The newly elected PM is likely to finalise his cabinet by tonight, citing the government sources News International reported on Tuesday, Sharif will have meetings with Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Democratic Movement chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-P Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and other leaders before announcing the new cabinet. All the opposition parties are expected to get representation in his cabinet. There are speculations that Rana Sanaullah could get the portfolio of the Interior ministry while Maryam Aurangzeb is likely to be the next Information Minister. Foreign Ministry may be given to Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Azam Nazir Tarar’s name is under consideration for the Leader of the House in the Senate. News International quoted the Daily Jang as reporting that PML-N’s Khawaja Asif, Saad Rafique, Khurram Dastgir, Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Shaista Pervaiz Malik, and Murtaza Javed are also likely to be inducted in the federal cabinet. Independent candidates Mohsin Dawar and Aslam Bhootani and Pakistan Muslim League (Q)’s Tariq Bashir Cheema are also likely to be included in the cabinet. VP ACL1710

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