Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has been arranging his cabinet for more than a week. The members of the newly formed cabinet took oath yesterday after much hesitation. And there is enough surprise in the PML-N chief Sharif. His cabinet now has five women members. With which the Pak media has made a fuss.
Recently, women were not given much importance in the cabinet of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. But Shahbaz is exceptional. He has five women in important positions in his cabinet. Among them are Sherry Rahman, Hina Rabbani Khar, Sajia Mari, Maryam Aurangzeb and Ayesha Gaus Pasha.
Bilal Zardari, the son of Benazir Bhutto, the chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party, has so far not held any office in Bhutto’s cabinet. However, rumors were circulating in the Pakistani media that Bilabal could get the important post of foreign minister. For the time being, Sharif has retained the foreign ministry and has appointed former Pakistani foreign minister and PPP leader Hina Rabbani Khar as his state minister.
Diplomatic experts believe that in the future, Sharif may appoint Hina’s party chairman, Bilabal, as foreign minister. But before that, Shahbaz wants to measure the level of relations with neighboring countries. So for the time being, the state minister has a leader who has experience in this ministry.
Sharif also praised Sherry Rahman, a former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, for his important role in the environment. During Imran Khan’s tenure, his party’s Zartaj Gul was in charge of the environment ministry. But he was accused of failing to take care of the ministry. Gul has been in the headlines for saying controversial things about the environment at one time or another. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections. On the contrary, Sherry’s performance as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States was praised by her opponents. Experts believe that Sharif has shown his intelligence by making him the Minister of Climate Change
Shahbaz has appointed PML-N leader Maryam Aurangzeb as Information Minister. It is believed that Maryam, who has always been outspoken, will be able to handle her work well. The other two women in the cabinet are PPP leader Sajia Mari and PML-N’s Ayesha Gauss Pasha. Both of them became ministers of Pakistan for the first time. Sajia has been given the ministry of Benazir’s Income Support Program (BISP) and Ayesha the state ministry of finance.