ISLAMABAD, May 15: As the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is set to form its governments at the centre and in Punjab in a couple of weeks, a number of its legislators have started lobbying to get coveted offices in the cabinet.

Sources in the party told Dawn that Nawaz Sharif had so far not held consultations on the formation of his cabinet and was expected to do this after his visit to Saudi Arabia soon.

The sources said Mr Sharif had not even decided whether Shahbaz Sharif would retain his provincial assembly seat or that in the National Assembly. The younger Sharif has already expressed a desire to become the Punjab chief minister for another term.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is also said to be in the run for the office of the Punjab chief minister, but his chances are slim because a strong group within the party has opposed him.

Ishaq Dar and Ahsan Iqbal are considered to be strong contenders for the foreign minister’s portfolio.

A source in the party said if Mr Dar was appointed as foreign minister, Sartaj Aziz could be made adviser to the prime minister on finance and Mr Iqbal could be given the water and power portfolio.

Senator Pervez Rashid is being tipped for the post of federal information minister.

Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, an MNA-elect from Islamabad, was being considered for the post of deputy speaker of the National Assembly. The PML-N leadership was also said to be discussing the names of Sumaira Malik and Saira Afzal Tarar for the same post.

The sources said the party leadership wanted to nominate someone from Balochistan or Khyber Pakhtunkhawa as speaker of the National Assembly.

Mr Sharif, they said, wanted Pakhtunkhawa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai to become the speaker and had constituted a team under MNA-elect Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to contact Mr Achakzai for his consent.

Senator Pervez Rashid termed all reports about cabinet formation speculative and said no decision had been made so far.

He said since the prime minister belonged to Punjab, it was unlikely that all key ministries would be given to people from the same province because this would send a bad message to other provinces.


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Comments (7)

ash Mirza (USA)
May 16, 2013 7:59 am

I visited Karachi, Pakistan. Due to situation in Karachi, I left 2weeks before election because I felt very unsafe, and daily Killing in Pakistan like normal life for people in Karachi. I am so happy to hear the success of Nawaz Shariff, as we all know he is a businessman , and I am sure he will help businessman and will open the doors for the people to find jobs. So they can feed the family. Also he will put criminals behind the bars. Nawaz Shariff I wish you all the best, and God Bless You. Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA)

Urooj
May 16, 2013 8:51 am

Thieves came back again... Alhamdulillah

Enaam E. Hanid
May 16, 2013 10:08 am

It will be in the interest of the country to nominate the senior positions from the smaller provinces and I feel PML(N) leadership will definitely take care of it.

zehri
May 16, 2013 12:20 pm

I think incoming PM should offer Froeign Ministry to Imran Khan as a gesture of good will, incase PPP hold opposition leader position.

Secondly The incoming PM before oath must come up with development plan for the people of Baluchistan to show he is PM for the country and not only Punjab

Paindoo
May 16, 2013 2:16 pm

Competency must be the yardstick for alloting the ministries. Pakistan is in dire need of transparent and able government. May they live up to the expectations of Pakistanis.

M Khan
May 18, 2013 1:08 pm

Ch Nisar Ali khan may be a good speaker for national assembly.

Mustafa
May 18, 2013 4:27 pm

@Urooj: A pirate was denied power except in KP

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