ISLAMABAD – Race is on to grab a slot in the new federal cabinet after Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan on Tuesday evening.
The new federal cabinet is expected to take oath today (Wednesday). The oath-taking ceremony will be held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad in the evening.
Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and finance minister Ishaq Dar will not be part of the interim federal cabinet. Most of the members of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif cabinet are expected to retain their portfolios.
Earlier on Tuesday, president Mamnoon Hussain had administered oath to freshly elected Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after he was voted as the leader of the House in National Assembly (NA).
The ceremony was attended by chiefs of the three armed forces among dignitaries.
Abbasi secured 221 votes in the assembly followed by those of candidate of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Naveed Qamar, 47.
Nominee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Sheikh Rasheed secured 33 votes whereas candidate of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sahabzada Tariqullah bagged four votes in the NA session.
The session that witnessed election of the fresh PM was summoned by President Mamnoon Hussain after the top court ordered the state executive to take all steps possible for smooth transfer of powers and take care of the affairs in absence of premier.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted under Article 62 and Article 63 of the constitution.