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 Nawaz Sharif; all cabinet officials are from the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (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.

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]


Pakistan Muslim League (N) Others
Other parties include Pakistan Muslim League (F) (PML (F)), National Peoples Party (NPP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) (JUI-F)
Federal Cabinet[4]
Post Minister Term
Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif MP June 2013-
Minister of Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan MP January 2014-
Minister of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Statistics Ishaq Dar Senator June 2013-
Minister of Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani MP Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) June 2013-
Ministry of Water and Power
Minister of Defence
Khawaja Muhammad Asif MP June 2013-
Minister of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage
Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights
Pervez Rashid Senator June 2013-
Minister of Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi MP National Peoples Party June 2013-
Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada MP June 2013-
Minister of Interior and Narcotics Control Nisar Ali Khan MP June 2013-
Ministry of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan Barjees TahirMP June 2013-
Minister of National Food Security & Research Sikandar Bosan June 2013-
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi June 2013-
Minister of Planning,Development and Reform(also the Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission Ahsan Iqbal June 2013-
Minister of Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael June 2013-
Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique
Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf June 2013-
Minister of Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain December 2014-
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch June 2013-
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed
Ministry of Ports and Shipping Hasil Bizenjo
Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Pir Sadaruddin Shah
Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Climate Change Zahid Hamid


  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 Government". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Constitution of Pakistan. "Article 92". Constitution of Pakistan. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  4. ^ List of Ministers