25-member federal cabinet of Pakistan sworn-in
Tribune Online Report

President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath-taking ceremony of 16 federal ministers and nine ministers of state

  • Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) arrives to inspect the guard of honor during a ceremony at the prime minister's residence after being sworn-in in Islamabad 
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The 25-member federal cabinet of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sworn-in on Friday.

President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath-taking ceremony of 16 federal ministers and nine ministers of state, two days after Nawaz was sworn-in after being elected premier by the National Assembly, reports Dawn.com.

Those sworn in as federal ministers included Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ishaq Dar, Khwaja Saad Rafiq, Khwaja Muhammad Asif, Abdul Qadir Baloch‚ Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Rana Tanveer, Zahid Hamid, Pervez Rasheed, Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Kamran Michael, Sadruddin Rashidi, Ahsan Iqbal, Barjees Tahir and Murtaza Jatoi.

Khurram Dastagir, Anusha Rehman, Usman Ibrahim‚ ‚ Jam Kamal‚ Abdul Hakeem Baloch‚ Mian Balighur Rehman‚ Saira Afzal Tarar, Pir Aminul Hasnat and Sheikh Aftab Ahmed took oath as ministers of state.

The Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) has so far only announced some of the portfolios out of the 25-member cabinet.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will take over the Interior Ministry, Pervez Rasheed will be given the portfolio of Information Minister, while Ishaq Dar will take over the country's economic matters as finance minister.

Meanwhile, Khawaja Asif is being given the Ministry of Water and Power, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, while Ahsan Iqbal is being awarded the IT Ministry.

Zahid Hamid will become Minister of Law, while Khurram Dastgir Khan will be State Minister for Trade.

Prime Minister Sharif, Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq and Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, were also present at the ceremony.

The National Assembly was elected in the May 11 general elections during which the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) managed to secure the most number of seats.

Sources say Nawaz may keep the Foreign Ministry portfolio for himself.

Sharif has pledged to tackle a sinking economy, widespread power outages and ongoing militancy.

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