PAKISTAN NEWS: Prime Minister Imran Khan reshuffles Cabinet, appoints Sheikh Rasheed as Interior Minister

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reshuffled cabinet appointments and appointed Sheikh Rasheed as Interior Minister.

On the other hand, the Prime Minister has appointed Ijaz Shah as Minister of Drug Administration. He was previously the minister of the interior. While Azam Swati had a drug control portfolio it was made the minister of trains.

In addition, Financial Adviser Abdul Hafeez Shaikh was appointed Finance Minister after swearing in as provincial minister earlier in the day.

All appointments were confirmed by PTI Senator Faisal Javed, a close aide to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

President Arif Alvi swears in Abdul Hafeez Shaikh

Earlier today, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh was appointed provincial minister after President Arif Alvi was sworn in at President House.

The former adviser was nominated as provincial minister following a ruling by the Supreme Court of Islamabad (IHC) on the appointment of special advisers and assistants to cabinet committees.

The Sheikh is appointed provincial minister under Article 91 (9) of the Constitution. This clause gives the prime minister the power to nominate unelected people as Minister for six months.

However, the Constitution states that at the end of six months, that person “shall cease to be a minister and shall not be re-elected as a minister before the dissolution of that Council unless he is elected a member of that Council”.

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