President Administers Oath of 27 Fed 16 State Ministers -PM Chairs Cabinet Meeting with Approval of 32 Point Agenda

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Islamabad(Staff Reporter) President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath of office to 27 Federal Ministers and 16 Ministers of State at an impressive and dignified ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi was also present.

        Those sworn in as Federal Ministers included Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Kamran Micheal, Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Syed Javed Ali Shah, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Akram Khan Durrani, Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Ahsan Iqbal, Lt. General (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Zahid Hamid, Mushahid Ullah Khan, Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Lt. General (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Saira Afzal Tarar, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman and Molana Ameer Zaman.

        Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, Abid Sher Ali, Jam Kamal Khan, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Anusha Rahman, Dr. Darshan, Muhammad Tallal Chaudhry, Barrister Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha, Barrister Usman Ibrahim, Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Sardar Muhammad Arshad Khan Laghari, Pir Muhammad Amin Ul Hasnat Shah and Ghalib Khan took oath as Minsters of State. 

        Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, parliamentarians, senior politicians,   diplomats and high level civil officials attended the oath-taking ceremony.

        The entire oath taking ceremony was administered in national language.

          The first meeting of cabinet was held under Chairmanship of the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here today. Prime Minister congratulated Federal Ministers and Ministers of State for joining the cabinet.

While outlining his future plans, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi promised to continue the journey of progress and democracy initiated by ex-PM Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He reiterated that all projects including CPEC, energy infrastructure to rid of load shedding, economic revival; and fight against terrorism to promote peace in the region and world would be carried out in letter and spirit. Prime Minister assured moral and diplomatic support of Pakistan to the people of Kashmir in their fight for self determination.

The Prime Minister vowed to complete the developmental plans of 10 years in next 10 months. He showed his gratitude to PML (N) leadership for trusting him to run the country as its premier. The Prime Minister was of the view that the cabinet will work both on short term goals and long-term targets simultaneously. He directed all ministers to give presentations on their ministries in coming days to apprise him about their working. He told the cabinet that all ministers can approach him day and night and he would always be accessible to the cabinet members. 

It was decided that Cabinet meetings will be convened almost once a week.  Prime Minister told the participants that they are free to raise any issue in the meeting so that we can address those issues. The future meetings of the cabinet will be held in the evening to avoid disruption in office workings said the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister encouraged the use of technology to enhance efficiency in the government departments. The message of our performance must be translated into action, the Prime Minister asserted categorically. He also desired maximum participation of cabinet members in Parliament sessions.  Prime Minister assured cabinet members that he would also be attending all sessions of the Parliament. Prime Minister asked cabinet members to take decisions regarding their own ministries themselves as he delegated powers to them. The procedure of sending summaries to Prime Minister Secretariat via Cabinet Division must be expedited to avoid delays. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi asked all Ministers to present their short term goals to the cabinet and entire cabinet will work as a team to accomplish those goals. At the end, Cabinet vowed to take forward the vision of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif.

The 32 point agenda was approved by the cabinet in its entirety.

04 Aug 2017