After the fall of Imran Khan, Shahbaz Sharif became the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. However, differences of opinion have emerged over the swearing in of his cabinet. The president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is under last-minute pressure to join the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) government over disagreements over the distribution of ministries. The new cabinet will be sworn in today.
According to Dawn, Shahbaz Sharif consulted with coalition partners on Sunday about forming a cabinet. He held meetings with delegations of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and Balochistan National Party (BNP).
Miriam Aurangzeb could be the new government’s information minister. On Sunday, he said, “the federal cabinet is going to be sworn in on Monday.” Maryam Aurangzeb said the PML-N would get 14 ministries. PPP will get 11 ministries.
A long meeting of the joint committee of the alliance was held on Sunday to form the cabinet. It has settled the objections of the partners regarding the distribution of ministries and important posts.
Almost all the parties of the alliance have been included in the cabinet. He said the party had asked PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to take charge of the foreign ministry. However, it is still uncertain whether Bilawal will join Shahbaz’s cabinet.
On the other hand, an official source told Dawn that JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman is not joining the federal cabinet. However, he assured to remain as a partner of the alliance. JUI-F has demanded the post of president.
They will also hurt his party in the next election. In response, Zardari said he would not back down from the promises made to his partners as “guarantors”. His party did worse than expected from opinion polls, which saw them at gaining about a third of the seats.
According to a PPP source, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has given Zardari the upper hand in the distribution of ministries among the parties. He also asked the PPP to join the cabinet. The party will be in charge of seven ministries.
He said the ruling coalition had decided to make PPP king Pervez Ashraf the speaker of the National Assembly.