Fawad Chaudhry vs Sheikh Rasheed: Is the information minister’s portfolio at risk?

Fawad Chaudhry vs Sheikh Rasheed: Is the information minister’s portfolio at risk?
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. (APP)
Updated 09 December 2018

Fawad Chaudhry vs Sheikh Rasheed: Is the information minister’s portfolio at risk?

Fawad Chaudhry vs Sheikh Rasheed: Is the information minister’s portfolio at risk?
  • After completion of 100 days, PM Imran Khan indicated possible reshuffling of federal cabinet
  • The government is already being criticized for failing to deliver on many of its campaign trail promises

ISLAMABAD: In an ongoing controversy, just days after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTI) completed its 100 days in the government and announced a possible change in the federal cabinet, politicians within the party seem to be at loggerheads, vying for each other’s portfolios.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, who returned from an official trip to the United Kingdom on Saturday, responded to rumors about the prime minister offering the information minister’s portfolio to Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed.

“I will be more than happy to vacate my position for Sheikh Rasheed sb and serve as MNA, we all use trust powers bestowed by people of Pakistan and PM decides who is best fit in the role. However, till I am minister I will not bow to blackmailing of Advertisement lobby,” tweeted Chaudhry.

Before speaking at a press briefing, earlier in the day, Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed was heard speaking to a colleague claiming he was offered the information minister’s portfolio by the prime minister. 

“Yesterday I held four meetings with the prime minister who offered me the position of information minister,” Rashid claimed.

“I told the PM that the minister (Fawad Chaudhry) was in London on an 8-day picnic. When he returns, we will consider this option,” the railway minister told media persons

When asked what his response to the offer would be, Rasheed can be heard saying, “I will say I love you, Mr. Prime Minister, thank you,” he added. 

Hours later, the railways minister retracted his statements, claiming the words attributed to him were baseless. “There is no chance I could replace Fawad Chaudhry,” he said while speaking to a private TV channel.

Speaking to a group of senior journalists in Islamabad earlier this month, Prime Minister Imran Khan indicated at a possible reshuffling of the federal cabinet. The PM said he had received progress reports from the federal cabinet, especially on the cost-cutting measures they had taken.

“The government will act on these reports… and it might make some changes in the cabinet,” he said. The decision about any change in the cabinet will be made by next week, he added.