Senator Shibli Faraz was appointed as the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting while Chairperson CPEC Lt Gen (r) Asim Saleem Bajwa was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting in place of Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
The development was announced on Monday, with the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry taking to Twitter to congratulate the two.
Truly an honorable and dignified man @shiblifaraz has been appointed new Information minister of Pak, and a brilliant @AsimSBajwa appointed SAPM on info both ll make a great team…. all the best
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 27, 2020
Faraz is serving as the Leader of the House in the Senate while Lt Gen (retd) Asim Bajwa has served formerly as the DG ISPR.
It remains unclear why the government chose to bring about the changes to the information ministry.
“I’m thankful to the prime minister for trusting me,” Dr Awan said following the decision, adding that she tried to fulfill her responsibilities to the best of her abilities.
“The prime minister has the right to decide which player of the team should play on what batting order or which field position,” she added. “I respect the prime minister’s decision.”
وزیراعظم @ImranKhanPTI کا شکریہ۔انہوں نے مجھ پر اعتماد کیا۔1 سال کے عرصے میں اپنی بھرپور صلاحیتوں سے فرائض سر انجام دینے کی کوشش کی۔ PM کا استحقاق ہے کہ ٹیم کے کس کھلاڑی کو کونسے بیٹنگ آرڈر یا کونسی فیلڈ پوزیشن پر کھلانا ہے۔میں ان کے فیصلے کا احترام کرتی ہوں۔
— Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) April 27, 2020
The former special assistant strongly refuted the “baseless allegations in propaganda in various reports on the media” following the decision. She said: “As a political activist, my mission is the country’s growth and its people’s welfare, which will continue under the prime minister’s leadership.
“I wish a hearty congratulations to Shibli Faraz and Lt Gen (r) Asim Saleem Bajwa,” she noted.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had appointed Dr Firdous as special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting in April 2019. She had replaced Fawad Chaudhry, who is currently the minister for science and technology.