After reporting on the sugar and wheat crisis, PM Imran Khan made changes in his cabinet
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday changed the composition of the federal cabinet following reports of an investigation into the sugar and wheat crisis, sending shock waves through the corridors of power.
Veteran politician Syed Fakhar Imam was appointed Minister of National Food Security, replacing Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar, who will now take care of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The prime minister also chose to change ministers in April last year, but this time the development took place immediately after the report of the inquiry committee became public, blaming several senior PTI leaders and their allies and indirectly some sitting ministers and their close relatives for the wheat crisis and sugar. Opposition party leaders also included.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Makhdoom Khusro has replaced Hammad Azhar, who has been appointed Minister of Industry. The prime minister not only removed Makhdoom Khusro (who served as minister for planning and development for one year) as Minister of National Food Security, but also replaced Secretary Hashim Popalzai with Omar Hameed.
Likewise, MQM Aminul Haq has been appointed as Minister of Telecommunications replacing Dr. Maqbool Siddiqui, whose resignation as Minister of Information Technology, which was delayed for four months, was accepted.
Hours after the investigation report saw the light of the day, the prime minister tweeted, “I am waiting for a detailed forensic report now by the high-powered commission, which will come out on April 25, before taking action. God willing, after these reports come out, there is no strong lobby that can take advantage at the expense of our public “.
Previously, Abdul Razak Dawood was the Prime Minister’s Adviser for Trade, Industry and Production. Interestingly, the senior member of PTI, Babar Awan, has played the role of Advisor to Parliamentary Affairs, replacing Muhammad Azam Swati, who had been appointed Minister of Narcotics Control.
Sheharyar Afridi led this ministry before. Until now it was unclear whether Afridi would maintain his position in the cabinet. He served as state minister in the country before being appointed minister for narcotics control last year.
In addition, PM Arbab Shahzad’s advisor was removed. Information and Broadcast Adviser Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan quickly clarified media reports that Makhdoom Khusro had not resigned, but that his ministry portfolio had been changed.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan fulfills his responsibilities as trustee of the masses and reshuffle in the cabinet is his prerogative. Khusro Bakhtiar did not resign, the cabinet slot has been replaced. Whoever obstructs the rights of the masses will not be tolerated. There is no example of such accountability in the history of Pakistan, “he wrote on Twitter.
In addition to this major development, a former spokesman for the Punjab government, Dr. Shahbaz Gill, tweeted that the former PTI secretary general Jahangir Tareen was also shown the door as chair of the task force on agriculture in the light of the investigation report.
He added that further action could be taken after the final findings from the inquiry committee. He tweeted, “Mr. Jahangir Khan Tareen was removed as Chair of the Agriculture Task Force in view of the findings of the Sugar and Wheat Request Report. Further action can be taken after the final findings from the Investigation Committee “.
And, in a short time, Tareen reacted by tweeting, “Hello hello, News is being reported that I was” deleted “as the Agri Agman Task Force … I have never been the chair of any task force. Can anyone show a notice to me as Cman ?? Please make the fact that you are the right person “.
The politician from South Punjab also clarified, “The sugar investigation commission has been actively involved with about 10 factories, including 3 of my mines. We share all requested notes. We have given free access even to our server. Nothing was confiscated, because we fulfilled all requests. We have nothing to hide “.
“Wait for similar developments in the Punjab government at any time. This will serve as a two-pronged strategy to calm critics, especially in relation to the findings of the wheat and sugar crisis, and those who oppose the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, “claims an aide close to the prime minister when called to comment on the latest situation.
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