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ISLAMABAD

In a major reshuffling in the central cabinet, various portfolios have been reallocated by the prime minister Imran Khan here on Thursday. Hafeez Sheikh appointed finance adviser, after the departure of Finance Minister Asad Umar. The cabinet reshuffle comes at a time of growing pressure with the rupee losing 30 percent of its value since the start of 2018, stirring sharp inflation.

Ijaz Ahmed Shah has been appointed as the interior minister, whereas Fawad Chaudhry handed over Ministry of Science and Technology, according a statement issued from PM House.

Minister of State Shehryar Afridi has been handed over the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), while Ghulam Sarwar Khan appointed minister for aviation the statement said.

Azam Swati has been appointed as federal minister for parliamentary affairs, it said, adding that Federal Minister for Privatisation Mohammad Mian Soomro shall cease to hold additional portfolio of Aviation Division. The statement further read that Dr Zafarullah Mirza, Firdous Ashiq Awan and Nadeem Babar have been appointed special assistants to the prime minister for national health services, information and petroleum division, respectively.

Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has been been appointed as special assistant to prime minister on finance, it added. Sheikh, a Pakistani political economist of international repute with over 30 years of experience, has served as the finance minister from 2010 to 2013. In 2012, he became an active member of Pakistan People’s Party and successfully contested in the 2012 senate elections.

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