Governance Blues: Shehbaz Sharif leaves 8 out of his18 ministries for advisers and assistants

 Monitoring Desk

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has distributed portfolios of several ministries after being criticized by opposition for holding the portfolios and concentration of power.

However, Shahbaz Sharif still holds the health ministry despite severe criticism over the deaths of dozens of patients in Lahore caused by taking spurious drugs provided free of cost by the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC). L

aw Minister Rana Sanaullah has been given the additional charge of the Ministry of Community Development. Similarly, Pervaiz Rasheed will now supervise the provincial information ministry while Saeed Mehdi will look after the Management and Professional Development ministry.

Ahmed Ali, Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor and Manshallah Butt will hold the departments of telecommunications, energy and food, respectively. Meanwhile, Housing and Urban Development department has been handed over to Ahsanuddin Qureshi. Whereas, Jehanzaib Burki would be the chief minister’s advisor on prosecution.

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