Imran Khan ministry

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Khan Ministry
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Date formed20 August 2018
People and organisations
Head of stateMamnoon Hussain (until 9 September 2018)
Arif Alvi (from September 2018)
Head of governmentImran Khan
Member party  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Coalition partners:
Confidence and supply:
Status in legislatureSenators
Coalition government
49 / 100 (49%)
National Assembly
Majority coalition
178 / 342 (52%)
Opposition partyPakistan Muslim League (N)
Opposition leaderShehbaz Sharif
Legislature term(s)15th Parliament of Pakistan
PredecessorMulk caretaker ministry
Parliament House, Islamabad

The Khan ministry is the current government of Pakistan which was formed by Imran Khan following his successful election as Prime Minister of Pakistan by the National Assembly. The Cabinet has 25 Federal Ministers, 5 Ministers of state and 6 Advisors most of whom assumed office on 20 August 2018.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


Federal ministers
Portfolio Name Assumed office Left office Party
Prime Minister

All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

Imran Khan 18 August 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi 20 August 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak 20 August 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Information & Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry April 11, 2021 Incumbent PTI
Minister of Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar 19 November 2019 Incumbent PTI
Minister of Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tareen 17 April 2021 Incumbent Technocrat
Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar 17 April 2021 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad 11 December 2020 Incumbent AML(P)
Minister for Industries & Production Khusro Bakhtiar 17 April 2021 Incumbent PTI
Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training

Minister for National History, and Literary Heritage Division

Shafqat Mahmood 20 August 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Narcotics Control Ijaz Ahmed Shah 11 December 2020 Incumbent PTI
Minister of National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam 6 April 2020 Incumbent PTI
Minister of Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan 17 April 2021 Incumbent PTI

Minister for Aviation

Ghulam Sarwar Khan 19 April 2019 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi 11 September 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Communications
Minister for Postal Services
Murad Saeed 17 December 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Railways Azam Swati 11 December 2020 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem 20 August 2018 Incumbent MQM
Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque 6 April 2020 Incumbent MQM
Minister for Housing and Works Tariq Bashir Cheema 20 August 2018 Incumbent PML(Q)
Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal 20 August 2018 Incumbent BAP
Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri 20 August 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari 20 August 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination Fahmida Mirza 20 August 2018 Incumbent GDA
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur 5 October 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Water Resources Moonis Ilahi 18 July 2021 Incumbent PML Q
Minister for Privatisation Muhammad Mian Soomro 5 October 2018 Incumbent PTI
Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz 18 April 2019 Incumbent PTI
Minister of States and Frontier Regions Sahabzada Mehboob Sultan 19 November 2019 Incumbent PTI
Ministers of State
Housing and Works Shabbir Ali Qureshi 11 September 2018 Incumbent PTI
Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan 17 September 2018 Incumbent PTI
Climate Change Zartaj Gul 5 October 2018 Incumbent PTI
Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib 29 April 2021 Incumbent PTI


Advisors to the Prime Minister
Name Party Portfolio Status Assumed office Left office
Ishrat Hussain Tehnocrat Institutional Reforms and Austerity Federal Minister 20 August 2018 Incumbent
Mirza Shahzad Akbar PTI Interior and Accountability Federal Minister 22 July 2020 Incumbent
Abdul Razak Dawood PTI Commerce and Investment Federal Minister 20 August 2018 Incumbent
Babar Awan PTI Parliamentary Affairs Federal Minister 6 April 2020 Incumbent

Special Assistants[edit]

Special Assistants to the Prime Minister
Name Party Portfolio Status Assumed office Left office
Malik Amin Aslam PTI Climate Change Federal Minister 20 August 2018 Incumbent
Dr. Faisal Sultan Technocrat National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Federal Minister 3 August 2020 Incumbent
Sania Nishtar (Senator) PTI Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Federal Minister 10 June 2019 Incumbent
Shehzad Arbab PTI Establishment Division Federal Minister 11 April 2020 Incumbent
Dr. Moeed W. Yusuf Technocrat National Security Adviser Federal Minister 24 December 2019 Incumbent
Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari PTI Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development Minister of State 18 September 2018 Incumbent
Malik Aamir Dogar (MNA) PTI Political Affairs Minister of State 15 November 2020 Incumbent
Dr Waqar Masood Khan Technocrat Finance and Revenue Minister of State 6 October 2020 24 August 2021
Ali Nawaz Awan (MNA) PTI Capital Development Authority Affairs Minister of State 6 November 2018 Incumbent
Usman Dar PTI Youth Affairs Honorary 3 Dec 2018 Incumbent
Jamshed Iqbal Cheema PTI National Food Security and Research Honorary 19 April 2021 Incumbent
Raoof Hasan Technocrat Information and Broadcasting Honorary 24 October 2020 Incumbent
Tabish Gohar Technocrat Energy Honorary 30 March 2021 21 September 2021
Yar Muhammad Rind (MPA) PTI Water Resources, Power and Petroleum in Balochistan Honorary 20 March 2019 Incumbent
Shahbaz Gill PTI Political Communication Honorary 13 May 2020 Incumbent
Arbab Ghulam Rahim PTI Sindh Affairs Honorary 28 July 2021 Incumbent
Nawab Shahzain Bugti (MNA) JWP Reconciliation and Harmony in Balochistan Honorary 7 July 2021 Incumbent


Khan announced his cabinet soon after taking the oath, he kept the ministry of interior to himself. His choice for ministries was criticized as he came into power on the slogan of Change and New Pakistan but most of his appointees were previously ministers during the era of Pervez Musharraf and some served in PPP government which followed Musharraf era.[10][11][12][13][14][15] He was criticized by supporters and critics for settling for "Diet Reform" as Musharraf pursued rather than the real change that was embodied by the PTI.[16] Some supporters defended Khan since the PTI was in a coalition government and needed "electables" to win the election.

Khusro Bakhtiar served as a minister during Musharraf's regime, as well as an MNA in the PML-N coalition government[17] Shafqat Mehmood was a member of the PPP from 1990 until he joined Musharraf regime soon after 1999 coup and became provincial minister.[18] Farogh Naseem has been part of Musharraf's legal team representing him against treason charges which aroused speculation on PTI's stance on if Pervez Musharraf will be tried for treason.[19] Tariq Bashir Cheema has been minister in a past PPP government.[20] Fehmida Mirza has been Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan in a PPP government.[21] Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad served as a minister during the Musharraf era as well as a former MNA of the PML-N.[22] Ghulam Sarwar Khan also served as a minister during Musharraf regime.[23] Zubaida Jalal Khan was a minister and held the same portfolio during Musharraf era.[24] Fawad Chaudhry was media coordinator in the political party formed by Musharraf as well a special Assistant to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.[25] Shah Mehmood Qureshi held the same portfolio in a PPP government.[26] Babar Awan also served in a past PPP government.[27] Malik Amin Aslam held same portfolio under Musharraf government but is more of a technocrat than a politician.[28] Abdul Razak Dawood was commerce minister for Musharraf as well.[29] Omar Ayub Khan was the minister of state for finance in Shaukat Aziz's cabinet during the Pervez Musharraf regime.[30] Ali Muhammad Mahar was the former Chief Minister of Sindh during the Musharraf regime.[31] Firdous Ashiq Awan, also served as Federal Minister of Information in PPP government.

Cabinet reshuffles[edit]

On 18 April 2019, the cabinet saw a reshuffle after Asad Umar stepped down as the finance minister.[32]

On 6 April 2020, the cabinet saw another reshuffle.[33] In late April 2020, PTI Senator Shibli Faraz was appointed as the information minister. Meanwhile, retired Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa was appointed as special assistant to the prime minister for information replacing Firdous Ashiq Awan.[34]

In December 2020, the federal cabinet saw the fourth reshuffle days after the Islamabad High Court ruled that unelected advisers and special assistants could not head government’s committees.[35]

In April 2021, Shaukat Tarin was appointed as finance minister, the fourth person to hold the post in the last two years, as Prime Minister Imran Khan made his sixth cabinet reshuffle since assuming power.[36]

See also[edit]


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  33. ^ "Khusro Bakhtiar removed as food security minister in yet another cabinet shake-up". Dawn. 6 Apr 2020.
  34. ^ "Shibli Faraz appointed new information minister, Asim Bajwa replaces Firdous Ashiq Awan". Dawn. April 27, 2020.
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