By Raza Ruman
Islamabad, Nov 27 (Pak Destiny) To save himself from the wrath of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has quit the portfolio of defence minister without any delay.
In a missing person case the CJ Chaudhry had summoned the defence minister (prime minister) for Thursday (Nov 28). To avoid any confrontation with the outgoing CJ Chaudhry the prime minister put off the cap of defence minister and handed over the same to Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif who is already getting thrashing for failing to bring any relief to people regarding loadshedding.
Information Pervaiz Rasheed also got an additional charge as Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights, thanks to the CJP.
According to the notification issued by the Cabinet Division today, the prime minister has assigned these additional portfolios to the two ministers with immediate effect.
After being elected in May 11 elections, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had decided to keep the charge of affairs of the key defence foreign ministries himself. Similarly, the ministry of law and justice has been vacant since the new government took power.
Noting that no progress significant progress had taken place by the federal government in the missing persons’ case, the Supreme Court had warned this week that the Defence Minister would have to appear in court.
Asif will now have to appear in the apex court at the next hearing of the missing persons’ case on Thursday. -Pak Destiny