In an important development, Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to appoint Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry as his spokesperson. Sources said that the federal minister will serve as the prime minister’s spokesperson in addition to managing his science and technology portfolio.
Nadeem Afzal Chan, the current spokesperson who is also the prime minister’s special assistant on parliamentary coordination, wants to step down citing his inability to carry on holding the post. The prime minister requested Chaudhry, a media affairs expert, to replace Chan. The PM’s Office will issue a formal notification in a few days.
The sources further said Babar Awan is likely to be appointed a key adviser to the prime minister in the forthcoming changes in the federal cabinet. Besides, Special Assistant to the PM on Media Iftikhar Durrani has also been displaying a lack of interest in his role. He was sent to the tribal districts for election campaigning but was sidelined soon after the polls.
The sources said the chamber given to Durrani at the PM’s Office remained vacant and he was also not invited to the past few sessions of the cabinet. According to the PM’s Office, Durrani continues to hold the position but he is not performing duties at his office and spends time at the party office in Islamabad.
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17 November, 2019