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Imran Khan finalising his federal cabinet

Arif Alvi, Pervaiz Khattak, Faisal Javed, Ch Sarwar being considered for federal cabinet posts

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ISLAMABAD: With date of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan taking oath as Prime Minister of Pakistan drawing near, various names are emerging as possible members of the federal cabinet.

While names of Asad Umar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Dr Shireen Mazari seems have been finalised for finance, foreign affairs and defence ministries, candidates for interior, education, information, human rights, parliamentary affairs, inter-provincial relations, kashmir affairs, health, communication, water & power, petroleum & natural resources, interfaith harmony, religious affairs, climate change, trade & commerce, privatisation and railways are yet to be finalised.

The ultimate decision to select the members of the federal cabinet lies with chairman of the party, a party official told Gulf News. "Whoever is picked by Imran Khan for the federal cabinet will carry forward his vision and fulfil his agenda for change, the official said.

Everyone is looking at Imran Khan’s choice as he has promised to select ‘a right man for the right job’ in his cabinet, the party official said.

According to PTI sources, the party has done some homework and a number of names are under consideration for appointment as the federal ministers.

According to sources, former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pervaiz Khattak is likely to be appointed as the interior minister.

The name General (retired) Ashfaq Nadeem has been in news to be picked as National Security Adviser. General Nadeem has also served as Director General Military Operations and the Chief of General Staff.

Names Dr Babar Awan, Naeem Bukhari and Hamid Khan are being considered for the post and law and justice minister and one of them can be appointed as the attorney general.

Senator Faisal Javed, a close confidant of Imran Khan, may get the portfolio of information & broadcasting, said the sources. For the post of education minister, Imran Khan may choose former Governor of Punjab Chaudhary Mohammad Sarwar.

Human rights ministry, according to party’s insiders can go to Shafqat Mehmood who has been quite instrumental in projecting party’s enlightened, progressive image during last two decades, said the sources.

Name of young parliamentarian Zartaj Gul Wazir being considered as minister of climate change. Dr Aamir Liaquat may get the portfolio of religious affairs ministry and Dr Arif Alvi of inter-provincial harmony & parliamentary affairs, sources said.

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