Expelled PML-N minister Mushahidullah returns to PM Abbasi’s cabinet

  • Mushahidullah was removed for accusing ISI of supporting 2014 sit-in by PTI

ISLAMABAD – Among members of Nawaz Sharif’s dissolved cabinet, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has also included an expelled member in his cabinet.

PML-N’s information secretary Mushahidullah Khan has made his way to the new cabinet as minister of climate change.

In 2016, he had been expelled by Nawaz Sharif Sharif for issuing a controversial statement accusing the ISI, Pakistan’s top intelligence agency, of sponsoring the Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf’s sit-in in 2014.

In his interview to the BBC, one year after the two marches of PTI and Awami Tehreek, the minister claimed that the then head of ISI General Zaheerul Islam Abbasi hatched conspiracies against PML-N government.

Oath Taking Ceremony

On Friday, the members of the new federal cabinet of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took oath at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad.

President Mamnoom Hussain administered the oath, while Prime Minister Abbasi was also present on the occasion.

The new federal cabinet under incumbent Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is consisting of 47 ministers and state ministers, including 28 ministers and 19 state ministers, local media reported.

Name Portfolio
Khawaja Asif Foreign Affairs
Ishaq Dar Finance
Ahsan Iqbal Interior
Khurram Dastgir Defence
Maryam Aurangzeb Information
Saad Rafique Railways
Saira Afzal Tarar Health
Mushahidullah Khan climate change
Pervaiz Malik Commerce

The other members, including Junaid Anwar, Jam Kamal, Abid Sher, Anusha Rehman, Dr Roshan, Usman Ibrahim, Abdul Rehman Kanju, Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal, Ameenul Hasnat, Arshad Laghari, Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha, Rana Tanvir, Javed Ali Shah, Baligur Rehman, Hafiz Abdul Karim, Haji Akram Ansari, Dr Tari Fazal, Dosteen Khan Domki, Sardar Yousaf, Moulana Ameer Zaman, Kamran Michael, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Sikandar Bosan, Sheikh Aftab, Mumtaz tarrar, Hasil Bazenjo, Sadruddin Rashdi, Murtaza Jatoi, Salahuddi, Zahid Hamid, Barjees Tahir, Awais Laghari, Akram Durrani, Riaz Peerzada, Javed Ali Shah and Ayaz Shah Shirazi also took oath.

On the other hand, Danyal Aziz did not participate in the ceremony due to reportedly some difference with the party.