No changes or reshuffle on the card in Federal Cabinet after PM Imran reviews its performance

ISLAMABAD: There will be no changes or reshuffle in the federal cabinet after Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed satisfaction over the performance of his ministers, Monday.

The Prime Minister said that some elements want to spread chaos by leaking fake reports of changes in the cabinet, adding that such attempts will never succeed.

The cabinet meeting to review the performance of federal ministers chaired by PM Khan was held in Islamabad.

As many as 26 federal ministers submitted their performance reports to the premier in one-on-one meetings.

In a special interview, Khan had hinted at the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle. The federal ministers have been through many ups and downs since the PTI government took over.

Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday reviewed the performance of 26 ministries in a special meeting of the federal cabinet and decided to hold similar review meetings quarterly.

The performance of the rest of the ministries would be reviewed in a meeting to be scheduled later, a PM Office statement said.

During the meeting that lasted around nine hours, the prime minister remarked that the foundation of Naya Pakistan had been laid. He directed the ministries to devise a strategy to achieve the targets set during the first 100 days of the incumbent government.

“Discussions on actions already taken in terms of service delivery, austerity measures adopted and future plans, were held in each case with a view how to improve performance under each of these heads further,” the PM office said in an earlier statement.

It was decided that each ministry would be further tasked with a specific strategic plan for implementation, spread over five years, so that all concerned work in tandem for optimum output.

It was also decided that the review meetings be held every three months to judge performance of the ministries, adopt mid-way course corrections, where required, and to ensure overall performance of the government that was on track the main aim of which was improving the quality of life of Pakistani citizens.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the Premier reviewed the performance of all ministers with great patience. “The things done in the ministries during the last 100 days could never have been imagined over the past 10 years,” Fawad added.

The Information Minister also said that PM Khan expressed satisfaction at the performance of Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed and hinted at making him a federal minister.

“As far as the most notable performance is concerned, PM was impressed by Murad Saeed’s performance and gave the hint that he would be made a federal minister,” Fawad told reporters.

Sources said that only the performance of 26 ministries could be reviewed in the prolonged session while the rest of the evaluation will be carried out on a new date.

The performance of the Ministry of Finance was thoroughly reviewed during the marathon meeting, sources said adding that Finance Minister Asad Umar and his economic team has been given another chance with room for improvement in a bid to maintain the investors’ confidence.

Moreover, sources said SBP Governor Tariq Bajwa will also not be replaced as he holds a key position during the negotiations for IMF bailout package.

The premier has expressed concerns over the performance of Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal, Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan and other coalition partners, giving them specific goals to achieve till the next review, sources added.

It is pertinent to mention here that PM Khan had earlier hinted at a reshuffle in the cabinet during his interaction with a select group of senior journalists in Islamabad. The premier had said that he received progress reports from the federal cabinet, especially on the cost-cutting measures.

“The government will act on these reports … and it might make some changes in the cabinet,” he stated.

Earlier, sources said that according to the agenda of Monday’s meeting, only the prime minister will ask questions whereas the ministers will not even be authorised to raise any queries. “Every ministry will be given 10 minutes for the briefing while the federal secretaries have been directed to present a concise and to-the-point presentation,” they said.

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