Daniyal Aziz, who was aspiring for federal ministry in reward for his fierce battle he fought to defend Nawaz Sharif and his children, has refused to take oath as state minister.
A 47-member cabinet was finalised by the PML-N leadership, however, due to the refusal of Daniyal Aziz to take the oath, the number of cabinet members stood at 46.
According to reports, Daniyal Aziz had arrived to take the oath but got angry when the PML-N leader came to know that he had been given the portfolio of state sinister instead of federal minister.
Since the Panama Leaks scandal surfaced, Daniyal Aziz and Talal Chaudhry have been on the forefront in defence of Nawaz Sharif and his children Maryam, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz. Daniyal and Talal were considered close to Maryam Nawaz. Both of them had left no stone unturned in criticising Imran Khan. Later, Maryam Aurangzeb had also joined them and this troika had shown exceptional performance. Daniyal Aziz even continued his fiery press conferences after Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification.
When new federal cabinet of newly-elected Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was being discussed, Daniyal Aziz was expecting a federal ministry for his services. However, in the newly-formed cabinet, Maryam Aurangzeb was given his previous portfolio and Talal Chaudry succeeded to get a portfolio of the state minister and Daniyal was also granted the portfolio of the state minister.
However, Daniyal Aziz felt disgraced and chose not to take the state minister’s portfolio. But the question remains, how long he can resist to this offer because there is a saying that “a bird in hand is worth the two in bush”.