Firdous Dethrones Chohan as Information Minister

Firdous Ashiq Awan has been appointed as CM Buzdar’s new Information Minister, replacing Fayyaz Chohan who has now been removed.

In attempts to counter growing challenges from opposition parties, the Punjab government reshuffled the cabinet. Senior bureaucrat, federal government spokesperson Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan was announced the new information minister, dethroning the former, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan.

Firdous held the position of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information for one year before she was removed in April 2020. A notification was issued on Monday stating, “The Chief Minister has also been pleased to assign the portfolio of Special Assistant of Chief Minister on Information to Ms Firdous Ashiq Awan,”  removing Javaid Akhtar, with immediate effect.

According to sources from the cabinet, the reason behind Chohan’s removal was his funny thoughts, jokes and nonserious attitude instead of countering the challenges from the opposition parties. This is the second time Chohan has been removed as information minister. Previously he was stripped after he sparked controversy and huge criticism on social media for his remarks against the Hindu minority.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Firdous after consulting with senior party leaders as Firdous was known for hitting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) hard as desired by the premier when she held the office.

Firdous tweeted: “I am greatly humbled and honoured with the confidence that my great leader Imran Khan has shown in myself and my ability. I am also deeply thankful to the honourable CM Punjab for making me a part of his team. I will do my level best to honour this call to duty.”

“It is with great humility that I accept this tremendous responsibility. God willing, I will try and do my level best to change the information landscape of the Government of Punjab for the better to the best of my ability,” Firdous added.

Government of Punjab’s Appointment Notification of Firdous

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