With few old faces, new federal cabinet takes oath

Few old faces have successfully retained their positions back in the government as the new federal cabinet of interim Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took oath on Friday.

The 46-member new cabinet includes 28 federal and 18 state ministers has taken the oath. The oath-taking ceremony was held at the Prime Minister House on Friday. President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to the members. PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was also present on the occasion.

Foreign Ministry got a permanent minister this time in the shape of Khawaja Asif, Ahsan Iqbal has become Interior Minister while Khurram Dastagir is appointed as Defence Minister.

Ishaq Dar and Marriyum Aurangzeb have retained their previous ministries of Finance Minister and Information Minister respectively in the new federal cabinet. Mushahid Ullah Khan sworn in as Environment Minister.

The new cabinet got some new faces also including Talal Chaudhry who became the Minister of State for Interior while Pervez Malik was elected as State Minister for Commerce.

Other leaders who sworn in as the federal ministers included Barjees Tahir, Pervaiz Malik, Zahid Hamid, Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Salahuddin Tirmizi and Rana Tanveer.

Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Pir Ameer ul Hasnat, Anusha Rahman, Jam Kamal Khan, Barrister Usman Ibrahim, Junaid Anwaar Chaudhary, Abdul Rehman Kanjo, Awais Laghari, Ghalib Khan, Ayaz Shirazi, Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal and Dostain Khan took oath as state ministers.

Khawaja Saad Rafique, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Sardar Yousuf and other ministers have retained their portfolios.