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New Cabinet Takes Oath in Pakistan Amid Criticism and Expectations

The newly sworn-in federal Cabinet in Pakistan, led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, took their oaths of office in a ceremony administered by President Asif Ali Zardari. The Cabinet comprises 19 members, including familiar faces from previous governments such as Khawaja Asif, Ishaq Dar, and Ahsan Iqbal. While initial speculation suggested a smaller Cabinet, more Ministers are expected to be inducted in the coming phases.

The composition of the Cabinet has drawn criticism from opposition parties, particularly from Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who have questioned the legitimacy and effectiveness of the new government.

However, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s recommendations for Cabinet appointments signal a mix of experienced politicians and newcomers, with Muhammad Aurangzeb likely to assume the role of Finance Minister. As Pakistan grapples with economic challenges and political transitions, all eyes are on the new Cabinet to steer the country through these turbulent times.