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Pakistani premier reshuffles Cabinet

Sheikh Rashid becomes new interior minister ahead of opposition’s expected anti-government long march

Islamuddin Sajid   | 11.12.2020
Pakistani premier reshuffles Cabinet

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan 

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced another major reshuffle in his Cabinet, appointing a new interior minister ahead of opposition parties’ expected long march to the capital Islamabad.

In a fourth shakeup in his Cabinet in less than three years, Khan appointed Sheikh Rashid as new interior minister of the country, according to a statement issued by the prime minister’s office.

Rashid, who was once a Cabinet member of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is one of the biggest critics of Sharif in Khan's Cabinet.

Pakistan Democratic Movement, an alliance of major opposition parties, will hold its anti-government rally in the northeastern Lahore city on Sunday and is likely to announce a long march to Islamabad.

Khan also promoted his adviser on finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh as finance minister.

Former intelligence officer Ijaz Shah, who was serving as interior minister, has now been appointed as minister for narcotics control, while Azam Khan Swati has been given a portfolio of railways.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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