Cabinet of Pakistan

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The Cabinet of Pakistan is composed and consisted of the most senior and elected officers of the executive branch of the Government of Pakistan. All cabinet secretariats are directed and performs its government administrative operations by people-elected statesmen and officers who are generally designated as "Ministers" of their cabinet secretariats.

The existence of the Cabinet dates back to first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan who appointed the first cabinet of numbers of civil servants and statesmen to assist to advise him and to assist him in carrying out his government duties. The Cabinet federally directs its operations under the powers granted by the Constitution, which is constitutionally established under the Article 81D of the Constitution that granted the existence of the Cabinet.

All Cabinet members are nominated and appointed by people-elected Prime minister, and are sworn with the Prime Minister, by the President to begin their duties and secretariat operations. The Prime Minister directs the government and oversee the government operations and duties of secretariat, with numbers of state ministers and advisers to provide and assist him. The Prime Minister plays an influential role in running the government, which mean the Prime minister may dismiss them or reappoint them (to other posts) at will.

In June 2013, a new cabinet was announced by the Prime Minister Navaz Sharif; all cabinet officials are from the PMLN.[1]

In federal law and the Constitution[edit]

The Cabinet and its secretariat are established by the Constitution of Pakistan and operates under the powers granted by the Constitution. Under the articles 81C, the constitution lays the existence and foundation of the Cabinet. The Constitution further stated:

  1. Subject to the Constitution, the executive authority of the Federation shall be exercised in the name of the President by the Federal Government, consisting of the Prime Minister and the Federal Ministers, which shall act through the Prime Minister, who shall be the chief executive of the Federation.
  2. In the performance of his functions under the Constitution, the Prime Minister may act either directly or through the Ministers.
There shall be a Cabinet of Ministers, with the Prime Minister at its head, to aid and advise the President in the exercise of his functions. The Cabinet, together with the Ministers of State, shall be collectively responsible to the Senate and the National Assembly. A Minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of the National Assembly shall, at the expiration of that period, cease to be a Minister and shall not before the dissolution of that Assembly be again appointed a Minister unless he is elected a member of that Assembly: Provided that nothing in this clause shall apply to a Minister who is a member of the Senate. Provided that the number of Federal Ministers and Ministers of State who are members of the Senate shall not at any time exceed one-fourth of the number of Federal Ministers

—Article 81C-96D: The Federation of Pakistan; Part-III, Chapter:3 The Federal Government, source: The Constitution of Pakistan[2]

The principle federal ministers may be appointed by the President, under the advice of the Prime Minister (which the president must take), under the Article 89 and Article 91. Before entering upon office, a Minister or Minister of State must take an oath with the President. The Article 81D prohibits the federal officials from appointing as Minister if certain official is not an elected by the people for state parliament in general elections. Despite the powers granted to President, the Article 92 gives full authority and fully grants powers to Prime Minister to appoint any Ministers, Ministers of State and advisers from amongst the members of Parliament.[3]

Cabinet and Cabinet-level Officials[edit]

Cabinet[edit]

Office Incumbent Term began
Prime Minister
June 5, 2013
Minister of Foreign Affairs
June 7, 2013
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Water & Power

June 7, 2013
Ministry of Finance
June 7, 2013
Ministry of Interior
June 7, 2013
Ministry of Agriculture
Sikandar Bosan
June 7, 2013
Ministry of Health
Saira Afzal Tarar
June 7, 2013
Minister of Commerce
Khurram Dastigir
June 7, 2013
Ministry of Industry
Ghulam Murtaza Khan
June 7, 2013
Minister of Science & Technology
Zahid Hamid
June 7, 2013

Cabinet departments[edit]

Federal Departments, autonomous and independent institutions. Executive designation(s) Reporting name
Alternative Energy Development Board Chairman AEDB
Anti-Narcotics Force Director-General ANF
Auditor General of Pakistan Auditor-General AGP
Capital Development Authority Chairman CDA
Civil Aviation Authority Chairman CAA
Directorate-General of Intelligence and Investigation Director-General DGII
Election Commission of Pakistan Chief Election Commissioner ECP
Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority Chairman ERRA
Federal Board of Revenue Chairman FBR
F.I.A Director-General FIA
Federal Public Service Commission Chairman FPSC
Financial Monitoring Unit Director FMU
The Gazette Editor-General
Geological Survey of Pakistan Director-General GSP
Higher Education Commission Chairman HEC
Marine Fisheries Department Director-General MFD
Environmental Protection Agency Director-General EPA
National Accountability Bureau Chairman NAB
National Commission for Human Development Chairman NCHD
National Database and Registration Authority Chairman NADRA
National Disaster Management Authority Chairman NDMA
National Electric Power Regulatory Authority Chairman NEPRA
National Highway Authority Chairman NHA
NH&MP Inspector-General NH&MP
National Institute of Health Director-General NIH
National Institute of Oceanography Director-General NIO
National Reconstruction Bureau Chairman NRB
National Telecommunication Corporation Chairman NTC
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman PAEC
Pakistan Bureau of Statistics Chairman PBS
Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners Chairman PCATP
Pakistan Customs Director-General
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Chairman PEMRA
Pakistan Engineering Council Chairman PEC
Pakistan Human Development Fund Chairman PHDF
Pakistan Meteorological Department Director-General PMD
Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority Chairman PNRA
Pakistan Public Works Department Director-General PPWD
Pakistan Software Export Board Chairman PSEB
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman PTA
Planning Commission of Pakistan Deputy Chairman PC
Protectorate of Emigrants Pakistan Director PEP
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman SEC
Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission Chairman SUPARCO
Mathematics and Statistics Division Director-general Stats
Survey of Pakistan Surveyor-General SP
Trade Development Authority Chairman TDA
Trading Corporation of Pakistan Chairman TCP
Water and Power Development Authority Chairman WAPDA
Zakat Council Chairman
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. CEO ZTBL

References[edit]

  1. ^ Govt Pakistan. "List of Federal Ministers". Govt. Pakistan. Government of Pakistan (Ministers and Ministries). Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chapter 3: Chapter:3 The Federal Governmen". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Constitution of Pakistan. "Article 92". Constitution of Pakistan. Retrieved 27 March 2013.