Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s New Cabinet Took The Oath
Pakistan-The new Cabinet of Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took the oath of office on Tuesday, a week after incumbent Imran Khan was removed by an opposition-led parliamentary vote of no confidence, knocking down his approximately 4-years government.
At a live-streamed ceremony, Acting President Sadiq Sanjrani swore in the 37 ministers and advisers, with Sharif & other members of his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Party (PML-N) in presence.
Sharif, who was elected as Khan’s successor by the National Assembly on April 11, has created a coalition government of many parties, with his longtime political rival, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), as the second largest partner.
The PML-N, which has been in power for almost four years, has 16 members in the Cabinet, while the PPP has 11. The rest are coalition members who are part of a smaller group.
Khan, a 69-year-old former cricketer, was defeated in a no-confidence vote after more than two dozen members from his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Justice Movement) party resigned and supporters left his coalition government in the run-up to the April 10 vote.
In a display of authority and to urge early elections, the former prime minister has organized a series of enormous public rallies across Pakistan.
Khan claims the US is conspiring with his political opponents to depose him because he visited Russia and persuaded Pakistan to pursue a “independent foreign policy.”
The charges have been dismissed by both the US and Pakistani opposition parties as false. Sharif has dismissed Khan’s charges as a bunch of lies since entering office last week, though he has committed to investigate them.
Among the Cabinet members are prominent PML-N members including Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Ayaz Sadiq, and Marriyum Aurangzeb.
Former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khan, previous ambassador to Washington Sherry Rehman, plus previous minister Khursheed Shah are one of the PPP’s Cabinet members who were sworn in on Tuesday.