Islamabad (August 26, 2018): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday interviewed at least 30 shortlisted lawmakers to form the Punjab cabinet.
According to the details, an important session was held at Bani Gala today under PM Imran Khan, where Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar and others recommended for the cabinet were also present.Sources said that the CM Punjab gave a briefing to the prime minister during the session. Sources further said that Aleem Khan and Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed will likely be made senior provincial ministers. Yasmeen Rashid, Aslam Iqbal, Fayyaz Alhassan Chauhan and others can be included in the cabinet.
The names of the finalised cabinet members are expected to be announced tomorrow, sources said.
In a meeting held on Friday between PM Imran and Buzdar, it was agreed upon to form a small provincial cabinet.
“During the meeting, it was decided that in the first phase, 15 members will be assigned portfolios,” sources said and added that senior members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will be appointed to key ministries.Sources said that among the names under consideration for key ministries, Mehmood-ur-Rasheed is being considered for Ministry of Housing and Communication and Works Department.
Aleem Khan is being considered for Minister for Local Government, Yasmin Rashid for health minister, Sibtain Khan for agriculture minister and Samiullah Khan as chief whip.
Sources also said that Hashim Khan is being considered for the post of education minister, Hasnain Dreshak for provincial finance minister, Aslam Iqbal as provincial information minister, Raja Basharat as provincial minister for parliamentary affairs and Jahanzeb Kacchi for Punjab Minister of Livestock.
Raja Yasir is being considered for the post of Punjab Minister of Higher Education, sources added.
Moreover, other names include Fayyaz-ul-Hassan, Rashid Hafeez, Saeeda Sohail, Murad Raas, Ajmal Cheema, Mohsin Leghari and Malik Akhtar.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan had summoned Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to discuss the formation of the provincial cabinet.
According to sources, the prime minister met with Buzdar at the prime minister house where the two discussed and approve the names of the ministers who will be a part of Buzdar’s cabinet.
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In a meeting held on Friday between Imran and Buzdar, it was agreed upon to form a small provincial cabinet, said sources
“During the meeting, it was decided that in the first phase, 15 members will be assigned portfolios,” sources said and added that senior members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will be appointed to key ministries.