ISLAMABAD: The majority of cabinet members are those who have never been part of Imran Khan’s struggle and joined him right before the 2018 General Election.
Of the 50 cabinet members, there are only seven members (14 percent) who are Imran Khan’s old friends who joined the PTI in the first decade of the 21st century. Other cabinet members (86 percent) have joined the party after its public success in Minar-e-Pakistan on October 30, 2011 or before the 2018 elections.
Imran Khan’s cabinet consisted of a large number of technocrats, who had never been part of the PTI or Khan’s struggle but were suddenly sworn into the federal cabinet as Special Assistants or Advisers.
Of the 50, at least 10 of Khan’s cabinet members were those who joined the PTI immediately after the October 30 rally 2011. All of these members who joined the PTI in 2011 held key positions in the Imran Khan government.
At least six cabinet members in the Imran Khan government were those who joined the PTI between 2012 and 2017. These included several prominent names such as Babar Awan, Fawad Chaudhry and Brig Ijaz Shah.
At least five federal cabinet members joined PTI only a few months before the 2018 election. Similarly, six cabinet members of Imran Khan were those who joined the PTI-led government after winning the 2018 election. They joined the cabinet either through an alliance with PTI or with joined the party after winning the election as an independent candidate.
Before coming to power, Imran Khan often vowed to have a small cabinet and promised that his cabinet would be full of ‘change leaders’ who would passionately implement the change agenda. The same promise he repeated in his plan 100 days after coming to power.
However, surprisingly the size of the cabinet has touched number 50 and many of them are old faces who previously served in the Musharraf, PPP and PML-N regimes.
Below is a list of federal and state ministers, special advisers and assistants with all relevant details and their political profiles.
1. Ghulam Sarwar Khan
On December 19, 2011, a group of around 30 politicians led by Jahangir Tareen announced their decision to join the PTI. Ghulam Sarwar Khan was also part of the group that joined PTI.
2. Murad Saeed
Murad Saeed emerged from student politics when he was active in politics on the Insaf Students Forum (ISF) platform.
3. Pervez Khattak
Federal Defense Minister Pervez Khattak was among politicians who joined the PTI after the Minar-e-Pakistan demonstration Imran Khan in October 2011. On 12 December 2011, Khattak announced to join PTI. After winning the 2013 election, he was appointed Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He again contested the 2018 elections for the National Assembly and was declared the winner.
4. Jalal Zubaida (BAP)
Federal Minister for Defense Production Zubaida Jalala previously held key positions in the former military dictatorial regime of Pervez Musharraf. In the 2018 general election, he was elected with the ticket of the Awch Bochistan Party (BAP), which is an ally of PTI.
5. Makhdoom Khusro Bukhtiar
Two months before the 2018 General Election, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar defected to PML-N and announced to join the PTI along with several other politicians from southern Punjab. On May 10, he joined the PTI and served in important posts in the Imran Khan government as a federal minister. His younger brother has also been given a key portfolio in the Punjab government.
6. Shafqat Mahmood
Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture Minister Shafqat Mehmood joined PTI on November 23, 2011. As a bureaucrat, Mahmood served as deputy commissioner in Gujranwala and DG Khan for five years and also as an additional commissioner for the Afghan Refugee Organization for some time. in 1985. He was an additional financial secretary in Punjab during 1988-89 and later served as secretariat with the PM Secretariat from 1989 to 1990. Mahmood was elected as a Senate member in March 1994 for a six-year term.
7. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi
After withdrawing from the Pakistan People’s Party, Shah Mehmood Qureshi officially joined the PTI on November 27, 2011. Joining Qureshi with the PTI was not the first precedent when he jumped over any party because his political career had undergone a major change.
9. Dr. Shireen M. Mazari
Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari is one of the leaders who joined the Imran Khan party before the famous Lahore 2011 rally at PTI. Miss Mazari joined PTI in 2008. In 2009, she was the PTI Information and Spokesperson Secretary. In 2012, he resigned from PTI. However, he rejoined the party in 2013.
10. Muhammad Hammad Azhar
On October 6, 2011, former Punjab Governor Mian Azhar and his son Hammad Azhar joined PTI. It was Hammad Azhar who convinced his father to join the Imran Khan party. Hammad is now the Federal Minister for Industry and Production.
11. Syed Shibli Faraz
The leader of Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) house in the Senate Syed Shibli Faraz was recently appointed in the federal cabinet as Federal Minister for Broadcasting Information.
12. Syed Aminul Haque (MQM)
Syed Aminul Haq has been appointed as federal minister over the MQM quota in the federal cabinet because the party has formed an alliance with PTI after the 2018 General Election.
13. Dr. Fehmida Mirza
The former Chair of the National Assembly won the 2018 General Election with the ticket of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA). The GDA forms an alliance with PTI and appoints the former Chair of NA as Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination.
14. Ijaz Ahmad Shah
In 2015, Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah fought with the NA-137 election of Nankana Sahib as an independent candidate but with the support of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. However, he lost the election. He became an active member of PTI and was appointed on the PTI core committee in March 2017.
15. Ali Amin Khan Gandapur
Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur was associated with the PTI even before the 2011 rally. He was elected as a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Member during the 2013 General Elections and served as provincial minister. In 2018 he fought for elections for the National Assembly and was appointed federal minister after winning the 2018 general election.
16. Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem (MQM)
Dr Farogh Naseem has been appointed as a member of the federal cabinet in the MQM quota because the party is a ruling ally of the PTI. Dr Farogh has been given the important Ministry of Justice and Justice.
17. Syed Ali Haider Zaidi
Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi joined PTI in 1999. He is the Founding President of the US Imran Khan Foundation. In 2000, he joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as a general member. In the 2002 general election, he officially began his political career as a PTI candidate for PS 116 in Karachi.
18. Muhammad Azam Khan Swati
Like many other politicians, Azam Khan Swati also joined the PTI after the October 2011 rally in Lahore. Swati announced to join PTI on December 17, 2011. Before joining PTI, he was a Senator on a Jamiat-e-Ulma-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) ticket but he resigned from the Senatorhip.
19. Syed Fakhar Imam
Syed Fakhar Imam is fighting for the 2018 General Election as an independent candidate. However, after winning the election he announced to join PTI. He served as Chair of the Kashmir Committee before his appointment as Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research.
20. Asad Umar
Asad Umar officially joined PTI in 2012 and was later appointed as the party’s senior vice president. He won the 2013 General Election from Islamabad and was later re-elected in 2018. After winning the 2018 General Election, he was appointed as Minister of Finance but he resigned from his position on 18 April 2019. On 19 November 2019 Imran Khan appointed him Federal Minister for Planning and Initiatives Special.
21. Omar Ayub Khan
The Federal Minister for the Omar Ayub Power Division joined PTI on 18 February 2018. Omar served as state minister for Finance during Pervez Musharraf’s (retirement) General regime from 2004 to 2007.
22. Muhammad Mian Soomro
Just a month before the 2018 General Election, former Senate chairman Muhammad Mian Soomro joined the PTI on June 7, 2018. He served as Chair of the Senate from 2003 to 2009. Soomro now serves as Federal Minister for Privatization.
23. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed
Federal Railroad Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed is not part of the PTI but as chairman of the Awami Muslim League he formed an alliance with Imran Khan. The alliance was formed after the Khan rally on October 30, 2011, which continues to this day.
24. Noor-Ul-Haq Qadri
The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri joined the PTI on November 8, 2017.
25. Fawad Ahmed
The Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry joined the PTI on 8 June 2016. After winning the 2018 General Election from Jhelum, he was appointed Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting. However, then the portfolio changed. Chaudhry is best known as a spokesman for former President General (Ret.) Pervez Musharraf.
26. Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan
Just a few months before the 2018 General Election, Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan joined the PTI on May 18, 2018. After winning the election in 2018, he was appointed Federal Minister for National Food Safety and is now Minister of State and Border Region (SAFRON)
27. Faisal Vawda
On December 27, 2011 Imran Khan held a rally in Karachi where according to some media reports, industrialist Faisal Vawda donated Rs10 million for the rally. Apparently, during this period Vawda became close to Imran Khan and he officially joined the PTI.
Minister of State
Unlike many politicians, State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul is not new to the party. After completing his education, he joined PTI and volunteered at the Student Insights Forum (ISF) in 2005.
Muhammad Shabbir Ali
After winning the 2018 general election from the NA-181 as an independent candidate, Shabbir Ali joined the PTI on August 10, 2018. Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him Minister of State for Housing and Employment.
In 2002, Shehryar Afridi competed for the election as an independent candidate from NA-14 Kohat but lost. After an 11-year lapse, he again fought over elections from the NA-14 constituency which were the same as PTI tickets in 2013. This time he succeeded. He was re-elected to the NA-32 Kohat in 2018 election from PTI tickets.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister
Mirza Shahzad Akbar
Shahzad Akbar is a former deputy attorney for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). As a lawyer, Mirza Shahzad Akbar was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Accountability.
Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind
Sardar Rind joined the PTI on October 17, 2015. He is a member of the Musharraf regime’s cabinet. Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Activities relating to the Ministry of Water, Energy and Petroleum Resources in Balochistan. Ali Nawaz Clouds
Ali Nawaz Awan joined PTI in 2005 as a worker. In 2015, he fought for the selection of local bodies and became Chair of the United Board of the PTI ticket and later he was commuted as Leader of the Islamabad Metropolitan Opposition Corporation. After winning the 2018 election from Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him SAPM for Capital Development Authority Affairs.
Shahzad Syed Qasim
On October 27, 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed Shahzad Qasim as SAPM in power.
Tania S. Aidrus
Tania Aidrus was appointed as SPAM on the Digital Pakistan Initiative in December 2019. She was introduced to the government by Jahangir Tareen. Miss Aidrus is the Chief of Staff and Head of Strategic Initiatives on the Next Billion Users (NBU) team at Google. Mohammad Shahzad Arbab
Arbab Shahzad was the Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the first term of office of the government led by PTI. As chief secretary, he developed some differences with the then-Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. Then in 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him SAPM in the Establishment.
Dr Zafar Mirza has served in the World Health Organization (WHO). He has no political background. Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him SAPM in Health on April 23, 2019
Moeed W. Yusuf
Dr. Moeed Yusuf has served as Vice President of the Association at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He has served on a number of important task forces, advisory boards, working groups, and government councils, both in the US and Pakistan. In October 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him SAPM in the Division of National Security and Strategic Policy Planning with the status of Minister of State.
Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari
Sayed Zulfiqar Bukhari (Zulfi Bukhari) is a British politician and businessman. He is a close friend of Prime Minister Imran Khan. After the 2018 election victory, Imran Khan announced his cabinet and Zulfi was appointed as SAPM for Pakistan Overseas & Human Resource Development.
Nadeem Afzal Gondal
A few months before the 2018 general election, Nadeem Afzal Chan joined the PTI. Chan was Secretary General of the Punjab Chapter of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab before joining PTI. However, he resigned from his party’s position and announced to join PTI on April 19, 2018.
In April 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed energy sector professional Nadeem Babar as his special assistant in the energy sector. His appointment sparked controversy because the PM’s decision was a serious violation of a conflict of interest. Nadeem Babar was a major player in the energy sector and at the time of his appointment he still held shares in Orient Power – an independent electricity producer (IPP). Sania Nishtar
Prime Minister Imran Khan on May 14, 2019 appointed Dr. Sania Nishtar to the prime minister’s special assistant position on social protection and poverty alleviation. Dr Nishtar has served as minister in the interim government in 2013. He was appointed as co-chair of the high-level World Health Organization (WHO) commission on non-communicable diseases.
Muhammad Usman Dar
Usman Dar fought for the PP-122 Sialkot election in 2008 as an independent candidate but he only received 166 votes. In 2013, he fought for the selection of PTI tickets from NA-110 Sialkot but was unsuccessful. Likewise, he ran for the National Assembly seat as a PTI candidate from the NA-73 Constituency (Sialkot-II) in the 2018 general election but was unsuccessful. On 10 October 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed Dar as Chair of the Prime Minister’s Youth Program. On December 3, 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him PM’s Special Assistant for Youth Affairs.
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Asim Saleem Bajwa
General Asim Saleem Bajwa has served as Director General (Director General) of Inter Community Service (ISPR) from June 2012 to December 2016. As a three star general he has served as Commander of the Southern Command. He retired in September 2019 as Lieutenant General. Within two months after his retirement from the Pakistani Army he was appointed Chair of the Pakistan Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in November 2019. On 28 April 2020 Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him as Special Assistant for Information and Broadcasting.
Malik Amin Aslam Khan
Malik Amin Aslam was elected as a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) on PML-Q tickets during the military dictator of the Pervez Musharraf regime in 2002. Then he was appointed as Minister of State for the Environment. In the 2008 general election, he fought for the election with PTI tickets and lost. He rejoined PTI on November 19, 2011 and fought for the 2013 election but it still did not work. During the 2018 elections, Imran Khan did not give him party tickets. However, after coming to power he appointed him as his Advisor on Climate Change.
Abdul Razak Dawood
Abdul Razak Dawood has served as a federal minister in the Musharraf era. He was the federal minister for trade, industry and production from November 1999 to November 2002. Prime Minister Imran Khan also chose him and gave him the same portfolio.
Abdul Hafeez Shaikh
Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh served as Minister of Finance, Planning & Development in Sindh Province from 2000-2002. He also served as Minister of Finance during the PPP regime from March 2010 to February 2013. In April 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him as Financial and Revenue Advisor.
Ishrat Hussain has served at the World Bank for more than two decades. After winning the 2018 election, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him as his Advisor for Institutional Reform and Austerity.
Zaheer-ud-din Babar Awan
Former PPP leader and former federal minister Senator Babar Awan joined the PTI on June 23, 2017. Then on April 7, 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan reappointed him as his advisor to Parliamentary Affairs.