A glance at the only five women in Shehbaz Sharif’s 37-member cabinet – Pakistan

Tensions over the newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s federal cabinet finally subsided on Tuesday, eight days after he took office after federal and state ministers took oaths to form a powerful 37-member cabinet.

Reports that the prime minister spent his “sweet time” announcing his choice because he wanted to form an “inclusive government” that encompassed all of his allies, particularly those who joined the former opposition after stepping down from the PTI coalition government has been

When it was finally announced, the Cabinet featured new faces and parties that had not previously been pictured. But in terms of inclusiveness, Shevaz’s cabinet has reduced the disappointing figure. His team so far has a total of five women, three federal ministers and two state ministers.

Here’s a quick look at the women appointed to the new federal cabinet.

Marijum Aurangzeb

PML-N’s Marriyum Aurangzeb received an information and broadcast portfolio.

Since Marriyum Aurangzeb was a spokesperson for the former PML-N government, she was assigned a portfolio of information and broadcasting, a role she was very familiar with.

After completing her Masters in Development and Environmental Policy in the UK, Aurangzeb, like her parents, remained loyal to the camp of PML-N in 2013, when she became a member of Parliament after receiving the party’s prospective female MP.

In 2016, she first took over as Minister of Broadcasting, Information and National Heritage in the Cabinet of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. She continued her role after Nawaz was disqualified and replaced by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

After 2018, the PML-N leader remained in the limelight, appearing frequently with Party Vice President Maryam Nawaz at all political gatherings, and frequent contact with the media criticizing the government of Imran Khan, who was removed from the prime minister by the vote. Distrust earlier this month.

More recently, Aurangzeb has been shown advocating for journalists’ rights and freedom of the press, promising to end “severe censorship of the Pakistani press.”

Sherry Lerman

Senator Sheri Lerman. – Screen capture via YouTube

The next minister is no stranger to the Corridor of Power. As Pakistan’s first female Senate opposition leader, Vice President of the PPP and recipient of Nishan-i-Imtiaz, Sherry Rehman has been tasked with leading Pakistan’s response to climate change as Federal Minister.

According to the Senate Website, PPP The faithful have a list of many achievements. After completing his master’s studies in the UK, Rehman began his professional career in journalism. the daily star And became editor. herald.

After working in the field for nearly 20 years, Rehman entered politics in 2002 after being nominated to the PPP’s Preliminary Women’s Assembly position. During her tenure, she held important positions within her party, including Central Intelligence Secretary, Chairman of Policy Planning, and Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

However, her political career began in earnest after she was appointed Federal Information and Broadcasting Commissioner in 2008. Rehman also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2011 to 2013, and she became the first female opposition leader in the Senate.

She is also a proponent of the first Congressional Charter and Bill to Empower Women in 2004, the Hudood Ordinances Repaal Bill, the Anti-Honour Killings Bill, and the Freedom of Information Act of 2004. Her bills include Pakistan’s Colonial Press Act, Domestic Violence and Favoritism Laws.

In addition, as a minister, he proposed the first government bill in the National Assembly in 2008 to abolish the media coverage clause centered on martial law in the Electronic Media Regulation Ordinance. Rehman’s move to repeal similar amendments to the August 2008 Print and Publishing Ordinance laid the groundwork for constitutional protections for print media (RTI Act).

Rehman was also awarded with Nishan-i-Imtiaz in March 2013.

shajia marie

PPP Information Secretary and MNA Shazia Marri. — Dawn/File

PPP’s Shazia Marri entered the National Assembly in 2013 with the first women’s seat designation. Her political roots date back to her grandfather Ali Mohammad Marri, who was a member of the Sindh Parliament before British India was divided. Her father, Ata Mohammad Marri, was MNA and Vice-Chairman of the Sindh Assembly. Her mother, Perveen Ata Marri, was also an MPA.

Prior to serving as NA, Marri served in the Sindh Parliament for women MPs in 2002 and 2008.

The PPP leader was nominated and elected to Parliament after Fauzia Wahab’s death. He previously served as Minister of Information and Culture.

hina rabani kar

Hina Rabbani Khar returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Pakistan’s first female foreign minister and secretary of state.—Reuters

In 2011, Pakistan appointed Hina Rabbani Khar, the first female foreign minister and the youngest foreign minister, at the age of 34.

Khar was born in the Muzaffargarh region and educated in the United States. She became one of the most popular ministers under President Asif Ali Zardari in the Cabinet member of General Pervez Musharraf’s government.

During his two-year tenure, Khar successfully crafted innovative foreign policy focused on a “regional-focused” strategy focused on improving relations with neighboring countries such as India and Afghanistan. The PPP leader also advocated reducing reliance on the United States, which has earned her praise from experts.

However, her visit to India in 2011 caused a stir in the international community. as quoted tutelar“Khar’s glamorous makeover caused a media sensation and became a buzz in the subcontinent’s gossip class because of her “a pearl necklace, elegant outfit, Cavalli sunglasses, and a stylish Hermes-made Birkin bag worth over $9,000 (£5,500).”

Khar was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet of Shehbaz Sharif.

Aisha Gauss Pasha

Former Punjab Finance Minister Dr Aisha Ghaus Pasha.—APP

Aisha Ghaus Pasha, former Punjab Finance Minister and PML-N Member, was nominated as a Member of Parliament for NA in 2018 on the recommendation of Maryam Nawaz.

Aisha is the wife of economist Hafeez Pasha, who previously served as economic adviser to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and PML-N governments.

In a recent interview at the Faiz Festival in Alamra, the PML-N leader revealed that he has no political background and has remained academia and policy analyst for the longest time.

As a policy advisor to the local government, she recalled that she listened to her advice and requested that Shebaz, then the Punjab’s top minister, join her cabinet. He persuaded her that she needed her educated people to get her economy back.

“We need to think of Pakistan beyond party politics. Women’s issues such as women’s representation in labor, parliament and the economy should not be politicized,” said Aisha.

In the new cabinet of Prime Minister Shevaz, she was appointed Secretary of State. However, her portfolio has not yet been released.