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President, PM decide in principle to expand and reshuffle federal cabinet

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Leave a Comment

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani have decided "in principle" to expand and reshuffle the Federal Cabinet.

Reliable sources told that during the meeting President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani have agreed to change portfolios of Interior Minister, Petroleum Minister, Health Minister, Investment Minister, Health Minister and Kashmir Affairs.

It is reported that PPP Senior leader, Mian Raza Rabbani is likely to take charge, as Interior Minister while Naveed Qamar will be appointed as Petroleum Minister after replacing Dr. Asim Hussain.

While current Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Health Minister, Ejaz Jakhrani will be assigned new portfolios.

Sources further added that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani while appreciating the performance of Senator Waqar, Investment Minister and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme has decided to assign them important portfolios.

Sources added that Prime Minister while expressing his dissatisfaction with the performance of interior ministry has expressed his grave concern on the increasing incidents of terrorists and law and order situation in the country.

It is said that Prime Minister is committed to induct qualified and experience person in his cabinet so that they can effective defend the good polices of government in the parliament.
When contacted with officials in the Prime Minister House, none of the officials confirmed the timeframe for the reshuffle and expansion in Federal Cabinet; however, it is expected in a week.