Interim Cabinet Vows to Stabilise Economy
The formal ceremony of taking an oath, held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, marked the initiation of their duties during this crucial interim phase.
Pakistan’s caretaker cabinet needs to stabilize the economy after a $3 billion IMF bailout. New constituencies based on a digital census will be finalized by December 14, with an election date to be confirmed later. The caretaker cabinet was sworn in at Aiwan-e-Sadr to begin their responsibilities during this interim phase. Experts predict a delay in the national election until February. Elections must be held within 90 days of the lower house of parliament dissolving in November. Murtaza Solangi, the new information minister, announced the appointments of Shamshad Akhtar as finance minister and Jalil Abbas Jilani as foreign minister.
Before the oath ceremony, the names of the caretaker ministers were finalized, causing a delay as some were late. Since a computerized list was not possible, the names were written on paper. Sarfraz Bugti was sworn in as the interior minister. Ahmed Irfan Aslam, in his capacity as the Minister of Law, holds the responsibility of upholding the law and ensuring that the judicial system runs smoothly. Khalil George’s appointment as the Minister of Human Rights is a clear indication of the government’s commitment towards safeguarding the rights of its citizens.
It is worth noting that earlier in the day, Shahid Ashraf Tarar relinquished his position as the Chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) to become the Communications Minister of the country. This decision reflects the cabinet’s emphasis on establishing effective communication channels during this period of transition. New ministers have been appointed in Pakistan to key positions, including Gohar Ejaz as textile minister, Nadeem Jan as health minister, Umer Saif as IT minister, Muhammad Ali as energy minister, and Aniq Ahmed as religious affairs minister.
The prime minister appointed six ministers of state as special advisers. They will oversee tourism, maritime affairs, human rights and women’s empowerment, overseas matters, government effectiveness and the Special Investment Facilitation Council, and education and national harmony. The new caretaker prime minister, Kakar, has been sworn in after the dissolution of the legislature.
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