Changes to Information Ministry: Senator Shibli Faraz appointed new Information Minister while Lt Gen (r) Asim Bajwa replaces Firdous Ashiq Awan in new reshuffling.
On Monday. Prime Minister Imran Khan removed Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan from her post as his special assistant on information and broadcasting. In her place, Lieutenant General (Retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa was appointed.
Lt Gen – Asim Bajwa – is a retired Three-star general who is also the Chairman of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPEC). Moreover, he remained the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) from 2012 to 2016, before Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor.
On the other hand, Senator Shibli Faraz has been appointed as the new Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting. Being the son of ‘Ahmad Faraz’, one of Pakistan’s most acclaimed poets, Shibli Faraz is also the elected Leader of the House of Senate.
Revelation Of The Shuffling
Federal Minister for Science and Technology – Chaudhry Fawad Hussain – first broke the news on his twitter handle. Wishing the new appointees the very best, the Minister expressed his faith in the two, saying that both of them will make a “great team”.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 27, 2020
Reason For The Changes to Information Ministry
The government has not yet released any official statements on why this shuffling took place. This decision has baffled many people as Prime Minister Imran Khan had personally appointed Dr. Firdous as special assistant to the PM on information and broadcasting in April 2019. She had replaced Fawad Chaudhry then. who is currently the Federal Minister for Science and Technology.
Since the announcement, reports have started rolling in on why it happened. Apparently, Firdous Ashiq Awan tried to take 10% commission from the government’s advertising budget. She also stocked political appointments in PTV more from its requirement on the quota, had two guards and in all nine workers, along with three cars with her, ALL without permission! This is shocking too as she was seemingly doing a great job.