ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, who was the first information minister of the PTI government, has given an additional portfolio of the information ministry on Tuesday.
In yet another cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Imran Khan has given the portfolio of Minister for Information and Broadcasting to Fawad Chaudhry who is also holding the portfolio of Minister of Science and Technology.
Fawad Chaudhry replaced Senator Syed Shibli Faraz, who was previously serving as information minister, did not take oath after becoming Senator again from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In August 2018, Fawad was appointed as Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the federal cabinet. However, in April 2019, he was removed from the ministry and later made Minister for Science and Technology.
It was earlier reported that PM Imran is expected to announce a cabinet reshuffle, potentially replacing several ministers and picking up some new faces as he is reportedly not happy with some key ministers’ performance and has already conveyed that only those would stay in the cabinet who can deliver.
Recently, the Cabinet Division had issued the notification to de-notify the appointment of Nadeem Babar as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum. Tabish Gauhar has been re-designated as the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Power and Petroleum.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by rule 15(1) (g), read with item at serial number 1A of Schedule V-A of the Rules of Business, 1973, the Prime Minister has been pleased to order to de-notify the appointment of Mr. Nadeem Babar as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum, with immediate effect,” read the notification.
The notification further added that “in terms of rule 4(6) of the Rules of Business, 1973, the Prime Minister has been pleased to re-designate, Mr Tabish Gauhar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Power as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Power and Petroleum, on an honorary basis, with immediate effect.”
Meanwhile, the federal government notified Minister of Industries Hammad Azhar’s appointment as the Minister of Finance.