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Federal cabinet to be reshuffled in January

30 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet will see its major reshuffle next month as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is engaged in evaluating the performance of various federal ministers and ministers of state.

The federal cabinet will be expanded, and ministers from the allied parties would be picked, including one full fledged minister and ministers of state (MOS) from the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, while two sitting MOS would be elevated as federal ministers.

No provincial governor would be changed in the foreseeable future since President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are satisfied with the working of the incumbent provincial governors.

Well-placed sources in the federal cabinet told on Sunday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was busy in evaluating the performance of the ministers and MOSs of his cabinet for a couple of weeks.

It is understood that no heavyweight is under threat but portfolios of some important ministers would be changed in the process of reshuffling and expansion. The strength of the ministers from the upper house of parliament would also be increased, the sources said.

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukatullah Khan was targeted by some vested interests during the past few weeks but the sources claimed that the federal government was satisfied with his performance, especially his role in dealing with the Fata as he belongs to Fata. The sources hinted that an MOS would be appointed for looking after foreign affairs and most likely Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan would be assigned the ministry in question.

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