‘Naya Pakistan’: Young leaders find no place in Imran Khan’s cabinet

12:11 AM | 19 Aug, 2018
‘Naya Pakistan’: Young leaders find no place in Imran Khan’s cabinet
ISLAMABAD - Young people, seeking better services and a crackdown on corruption, powered Imran Khan's victory in the recent general election. And the new prime minister of Pakistan has vowed to deliver on his promises while awarding old, trusted hands with key ministries instead of picking young leaders.

Young members of the party are yet to have a lion’s share in Imran Khan’s team, with which the cricketer-turned-politician will run the country for next five years.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), or Movement for Justice, emerged as the single largest party in the July 25 parliamentary elections, securing 176 votes out of the total 342 in the lower house of Parliament.

Following his election by the National Assembly and subsequent oath-taking as the 22nd prime minister of the South Asian country, Imran Khan announced named a new 20-member federal cabinet which is all set to take oath on Monday.

‘No young blood in Federal Cabinet’

Young leaders are usually more daring to undertake changes and this is what the people want from the PTI government. But, unfortunately, Kaptaan has no young face in his newly-formed team.

Here is a list of PTI leaders, who got elected in the recent general polls besides playing a major role in securing victory for Imran Khan, but have not been given any position in the federal cabinet:

Farukh Habib

Farukh Habib, one of the pioneer members of Insaf Student Federation (ISF), was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan from NA-108 (Faisalabad-VIII) in the 2018 General Election.

Zartaj Gul Wazir

Zartaj Gul triumphed by a lead of more than 25,000 votes against influential feudal lord Sardar Awais Leghari, who was elected from NA-191 (Dera Ghazi Khan-III) constituency thrice in the past.

The young politician moved door to door convincing voters of better development planning and other basic utilities. The 34-year-old is also known as Tigress of PTI

Hammad Azhar

Barrister Hammad Azhar, a PTI leader from Lahore, was elected to the National Assembly from NA126 Lahore in 25 July polls. Following his victory against Mehar Ishtiaq of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN), Hammad announced that he will not withdraw his salary and other cash allowances a member of parliament is entitled to.

Murad Saeed

Murad Saeed, a 32-year-old politician, was elected to the National Assembly from NA4 Sawat in latest general elections. Previously, he was elected as an MNA from NA 29 seat in swat while representing PTI in 2013. He founded ISF, which is the driving force behind Imran Khan, and also Swat society at the University of Peshawar.

Ali Muhammad Khan

Ali Muhammad Khan, 40, was elected to the National Assembly from NA22 Mardan in 2018 General Elections. Previously he was a member of the National Assembly from June 2013 to May 2018.

Maleeka Bokhari

Barrister Maleeka Bokhari, who was part of the PTI legal team that fought PTI Panama Case in the Supreme Court, was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan on a reserved seat for women from Punjab in 2018 general election. The 35-year-old is also part of PTI core committee.

Since its inception, PTI has continuously increased its standing among Pakistan’s urban youth. Pakistan has one of the world’s youngest populations, with a median age of just 25 years, and migration of young men to large cities has swelled the share of young people in places such as Karachi and Lahore to 70-75%.

For many of these young people, neither the PML-N nor the PPP met their aspirations, whereas Khan promised a strong leadership, well-paying jobs, education, health care, and urban transport.

For now, it is clear that the new PM doesn’t prefer freshers for ministerial berths. Stay tuned to see if the new prime minister changes his mind and picks a few of these young bloods to lead the youth from the front.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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