The situation of Prime Minister Imran Khan in Pakistan is not good. First, there are rallies against his government. On the other hand, after a court decision, on Friday, he had to reshuffle his cabinet.
In fact, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) came to power in 2018 and is the fourth cabinet reshuffle since then. The Islamabad High Court has recently ruled that unspecified and special assistants cannot lead cabinet committees.
Khan has appointed Sheikh Rashid Ahmed as Home Minister and Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh as Finance Minister. According to the news from Government Radio Pakistan, Ahmed is already a part of the Cabinet and was taking charge of the Ministry of Railways while Hafeez Sheikh was serving as an advisor on finance and revenue.
He is not an elected member and cannot lead many committees. Hafeez Sheikh has been appointed a minister under Article 91 (9) of the Constitution. He can hold the post of minister for six months. He would then have to be elected to the Koumi (national) Asambeli or the Senate.
Brigadier (retd) Ejaz Ahmad Shah, who takes charge of the Home Ministry, has been appointed Minister of Narcotics Control while Azam Khan Swati has been given the responsibility of the Ministry of Railways. It is believed that Hafiz Sheikh will be made a member of the Senate in March, then elections will be held for the Upper House.
The most significant change in the new cabinet has been made in Ahmed’s ministry. Despite failing to improve the functioning of the Railways, he has been given the responsibility of the Ministry of Home Affairs.