Gohar Ejaz appointed new interim security czar

Ejaz replaces Sarfraz Bugti after latter’s resignation owing to his political ambitions ahead of February 8 polls

Federal Minister for Commerce, Industries and Investments Gohar Ejaz addressing the audience at the 3rd Engineering and Healthcare Show at Lahores Expo Center, Lahore on January 19, 2024. — APP
Federal Minister for Commerce, Industries and Investments Gohar Ejaz addressing the audience at the 3rd Engineering and Healthcare Show at Lahore’s Expo Center, Lahore on January 19, 2024. — APP
  • Ejaz given portfolio under rule 3(4) of the Rules of Business, 1973.
  • Replaces Sarfraz Bugti after his resignation in December.
  • Appointment to immediately come into effect: notification.

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar Wednesday assigned the additional portfolio of the Interior Ministry to Federal Minister for Commerce, Industries and Production Gohar Ejaz.

“The Prime Minister, in terms of rule 3(4) of the Rules of Business, 1973, has been pleased to assign the portfolio of Interior to Mr [Gohar] Ejaz […] with immediate effect,” the cabinet division’s notification read.

The development comes after now-former interior minister Sarfraz Bugti, citing personal reasons, stepped down from the post on December 13.

— Notification issued by Cabinet Division.
— Notification issued by Cabinet Division.

Geo News, quoting sources, had then reported that Bugti had decided to resign from the key ministry two months prior with the aim of taking part in the upcoming February 8 general elections.

After his resignation, the senator soon announced to join the Bilawal Bhutto-led Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Ejaz’s appointment comes after lobbying started for the new interior minister following Bugti’s resignation.

Earlier, Geo News had reported that considering the current wave of terrorism in the country, there is a suggestion to appoint a retired general or a former police inspector general as the new interior minister.

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