PM Imran appoints ex-CM Arbab Ghulam Rahim as SAPM on Sindh Affairs

Published July 28, 2021
Former chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim speaks at a press conference. — Online/File
Former chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim speaks at a press conference. — Online/File

Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed former Sindh chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim as his special assistant on Sindh affairs, a notification issued by the Cabinet Division said on Wednesday.

Rahim had joined the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) after meeting Prime Minister Imran earlier this month.

The former Sindh chief minister was quoted as saying at the time that the premier had tasked him with organising the PTI in Sindh, and that people would hear "good news" from the province in the coming days.

"The prime minister [...] has been pleased to appoint Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Sindh Affairs," the notification said.

It added that the appointment will be in an honorary capacity.

With Rahim's appointment, the federal cabinet's size has swelled to 53 members, including 17 special assistants and 18 unelected members.

Prime Minister Imran plans to hold public gatherings in Sindh starting from August, according to government sources, and Rahim's appointment is seen as important in that context.

Last month, Rahim, a Grand Dem­ocratic Alliance (GDA) leader, had claimed that component parties of the alliance had long been feeling alienated by Prime Minister Imran and his PTI.

“We may ponder over withdrawing support to the PTI now when the prime minister has become totally indifferent to the atrocious treatment being meted out to us by the Sindh government through the police,” he said.

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