Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday
administered the oath of office to five federal ministers and
six ministers of state as part of a reshuffle and expansion of
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s council of ministers.
The swearing-in ceremony at the presidency was attended
by Gilani, cabinet members, parliamentarians and senior
Those who were administered oath as federal ministers
include Qamar Zaman Kaira, Rana Farooq Saeed Khan, Raja
Pervaiz Ashraf, Nazar Mohammad Gondal and Farzana Raja.
The new ministers of state are Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan,
Raheela Baloch, Abbas Khan Afridi, Tasneem Qureshi, Malik
Azmat Khan and Sumsam Ali Shah Bokhari.
Sources said Kaira would replace Information Minister
Firdous Ashiq Awan following criticism of her functioning
within the ruling Pakistan People`s Party.
Kaira had earlier served as Information Minister before
being replaced by Awan in a reshuffle last year.
Malik Amad Khan had earlier served as Minister of State
for Foreign Affairs while Tasneen Qureshi had done a stint as
Minister of State for Interior.
Ten of the new ministers belong to the PPP while Abbas
Khan Afridi is a Senator from the tribal areas.
With the induction of the new ministers, the council of
ministers includes 34 federal ministers, 14 ministers of state
and six special advisors.