Shibli Faraz Appointed As New Minister Of Science And Technology

The Prime Minister Has Swapped The Portfolios Of Science And Information Ministries Between Fawad Chaudhry And Shibli Faraz.

By Rizwan Shehzad

The Prime Minister Has Swapped The Portfolios Of Science And Information Ministries Between Fawad Chaudhry And Shibli Faraz. Fawad Has Been Appointed The Government’s Spokesperson For The Second Time. Shibli, who served as the information minister before his term as a senator ended in March, has been given the portfolio of the science and technology ministry.

In addition, PM Imran has appointed Khusro Bakhtiar the industries and production minister. His portfolio of economic affairs has been handed over to former energy minister Omar Ayub. Apart from Shibli and Hammad, all others have served in different capacities with the PPP, the PML-N and the PML-Q in the past.

Though PM Imran has been envisaging a cabinet reshuffle before the Senate elections, no new faces from PTI have so far been given a chance to sit in the cabinet. Earlier, Shibli had told The Express Tribune that “three to four new people are expected to be given state-minister level portfolios”.

“Lawmakers in the National Assembly are likely to be given a chance,” he added. Shibli and a couple of other ministers, who wished not to be named, had revealed that the premier was unhappy with the performance of several key ministers and decided that only those who could deliver would stay in the cabinet.

Party sources said that performance and delivery were the only things that the premier was interested in as he felt exhausted after hearing excuses after excuses and inordinate delays in the completion of projects for one reason or another for a long time. Among other things, the recent reshuffle is a result of growing frustration within the party circles as the premier believes that the ministers must start delivering without coming up with excuses anymore.

The premier had this realisation, the sources said, and made it clear that it was time to deliver. Party insiders have long been saying that the premier frequently chairs meetings of spokespersons and issues directions to defend government policies at all the forums. They also acknowledged that the narrative of simply blaming the previous governments was not yielding the desired results anymore in and outside parliament and it was time to back up the claims earlier made through performance.

This news was originally published at Tribune.

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