Abdul Hafeez Shaikh sworn in as Federal Minister

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11th Dec, 2020. 12:14 pm
Abdul Hafeez Shaikh

Abdul Hafeez Shaikh

Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has been sworn in as Federal Minister on Friday. President Dr. Arif Alvi administered the oath to Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh at a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

According to the details, the move comes in light of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision on the inclusion of advisers and special assistants in cabinet committees.

Abdul Hafeez Shaikh previously held the post of an Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance.

Moreover, PM Imran Khan is likely to appoint Advisor to PM on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood and Special Assistant to PM on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan as federal ministers for six months as well.

It may be recalled that the IHC, in its short order on a petition, ruled that unelected advisers and special assistants could not head government’s committees and subsequently set aside the notification of the CCoP, headed by Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.

Lawmaker Iradat Sharif had challenged the April 25, 2019 notification that nominated Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Rev­enue Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Communications Murad Saeed, Senator Farogh Nas­eem, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Adv­iser to the PM on Comm­erce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser to the PM on Institutional Ref­orms and Austerity Dr Ish­rat Hussain, Minister for Privati­sa­tion Mohammadmian Soo­mro and Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan as members of the CCoP.

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