ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday included five new federal ministers and 10 ministers of state in the federal cabinet, increasing the number of ministers to 58.
The Cabinet already comprises 29 federal ministers and eight ministers of state as well as eight advisors to the Prime Minister.
All 11 newly inducted federal ministers and ministers of state in the Cabinet belonged to the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and coalition partners including Awami National Party (ANP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were given no share.
President Asif Ali Zardari administered oath to the newly inducted cabinet members here at a ceremony. Qamar Zaman Kaira, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Farzana Raja, Rana Farooq Saeed and Nazar Gondal took oath as federl ministers while Raheela Baloch, Abbas Khan Afridi, Mozzam Ali Jatoi, Malik Ammad Khan, Tasnim Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Samsam Ali Bokhari & Malik Azmat Khan took oath as ministers of state.
Earlier, the federal cabinet comprised 29 federal ministers including Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. Makhdoom Amin Faheem, Arbab Almagir, Ahmad Mukhtar, Hina Rabbani Khar, Faisal Saleh Hayat, Wajahat Hussain, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Hazar Khan Bajarani, Firdous Ashiq Awan, A Rehman Malik, Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Farooq Naek, Khuda Bux Rajar, Israrullah Zehri, Samina Khalid Ghurki, Farooq Sattar, Dr. Asim Hussain, Babar Ghauri, Muhammad Umar Gorgage, Ghous Bux Mehar, Anwar Ali Cheema, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Syed Khurshid Shah, Changez Khan Jamali, Shaukat Ullah, Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Syed Naveed Qamar.
While eight ministers of state include Sardar Shahjahan Yousaf, Sheikh Waqas Akram, Sardar Bahadur Khan Sehar, Muhammad Raza Hayat Haraj, Akram Masih Gill, Dr. Ndeem Ehsan, Rana Asif Tauseef and Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood were also part of the federal cabinet.
Similarly, four advisors to Prime Minister including Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar Human Rights, Raja Basharat Industries, Ghulam Farooq Awan Law and Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Dr. Paul Bhatti national Harmony and four special assistants to Prime Minister namely Syed Qasim Shah, Kamal Majidullah, Ahmad Yar Hiraj and Shahnaz Wazir Ali also included in the cabinet.
Well-placed sources in ANP told Online that the government took the decision without taking the coalition partners into confidence. The ruling PPP did not consult coalition partners especially ANP on the extension in the Cabinet.