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Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh took oath as Federal Minister
Web Desk 11 December 2020

ISLAMABAD: Finance Advisor Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has been sworn in as Federal Minister.

According to details, the oath-taking ceremony was held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad. Military and political officials attended the swearing-in ceremony. President Arif Ali took oath from Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh.

Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has more than 30 years of experience in economic policy making. Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh received his doctorate from Boston University in the United States and was a professor at Harvard University before becoming the World Bank’s director of economic operations in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s. Performed duties.

Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikhserved as an economist in 21 countries, then served as Minister of Finance and Planning in the Sindh Provincial Government from 2000 to 2002, then as Federal Minister for Privatization and Investment from 2003 to 2006.

He served as the Federal Minister of Finance from 2010 to 2013 during the PPP regime. Hafeez Sheikh was elected a senator from the Pakistan People’s Party in 2012 and was also the chairman of the Senate World Trade Organization Committee.

Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh

The appointment of Hafeez Sheikh as Federal Minister has been implemented following the decision of the Islamabad High Court. On December 8, the Islamabad High Court issued a written decision on the case against the appointment of Special Assistants to the Prime Minister and the petition against the Privatization Commission. Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Ghulam Azam Qambrani in a 23-page written decision rejected the petition against the appointment of special assistants to the prime minister while approving the petition against the privatization committee.

The court said that the special assistants to the prime minister are not part of the cabinet nor can they be involved in the proceedings. Are

The Islamabad High Court further said that no advisor or special assistant can be made a federal minister nor can he attend a cabinet meeting, chair a committee, address parliament, the court said. The committee’s notification was also declared illegal.


On the other hand, sources said that in the light of the decision of the Islamabad High Court regarding advisors and special assistants, Prime Minister Imran Khan consulted the legal team on making three advisers federal ministers, the prime minister was told that a non-elected person under Article 91 Prime Minister Imran Khan later exercised his constitutional right to appoint an unelected person as a federal minister for six months.

In the previous government, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had appointed Namftah Ismail as the Federal Minister.

Sources also said that Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Trade Adviser Abdul Razzaq Dawood and Special Assistant for Health Dr Faisal Sultan are also likely to be given Senate tickets in the scheduled Senate elections in March.





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