5 women join in Pakistan’s new Cabinet
Published: 09:12 PM, 21 April 2022
Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been forming his own Cabinet for more than a week after being sworn in. The members of the new Cabinet have also been sworn in after much deliberation. The PML-N chief has left enough surprises there. Five women members have been included in his cabinet, which has caused a stir in the Pakistani media.
He has placed those five women in important positions in the 37-member Cabinet. Among them are Sherry Rahman, Hina Rabbani Khar, Shazia Marri, Marriyum Aurangzeb and Ayesha Ghaus Pasha.
Meanwhile, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of Benazir Bhutto, chairman of the country's People’s Party, has so far failed to get any post in Shehbaz Sharif’s Cabinet. However, there was speculation in the Pakistani media that Bilawal could get an important post in the foreign ministry.
For the time being, Shehbaz Sharif has kept the foreign ministry to himself. Former Foreign Minister and PPP leader Hina Rabbani has been given the charge of State Minister in that ministry.
Diplomatic experts believe that Shehbaz Sharif may appoint Hina’s party chairman, Bilawal, as foreign minister in the future. But before that, he wants to measure the depth of relations with neighboring countries. So for the time being, Shehbaz kept Hina Rabbani as the state minister who has experience in this ministry.
Former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rahman has also been lauded by Shehbaz Sharif for her important role in the environment. Sherry’s performance as a state ambassador was hailed by her opponents as well.
Shehbaz Sharif has appointed PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb as Information Minister. It is believed that Marriyum, who has always been outspoken, will be able to handle her work well.
The other two women in the Cabinet are PPP leader Shazia Marri and PML-N’s Ayesha Ghaus Pasha. They both became ministers for the first time in Pakistan. Shazia has been given charge of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and Ayesha has been given the charge of State Minister for Finance.