Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Friday took oath as Federal Minister.
President Dr. Arif Alvi administered the oath to Shaikh in a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The development comes after, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ruled that advisers and special assistants to the prime minister are not members of the cabinet and cannot be part of cabinet proceedings.
The prime minister is empowered to appoint an unelected individual as a minister for six months under Article 91(9) of the Constitution.
The Constitution states that at the end of six months, that individual will “cease to be a minister and shall not before the dissolution of that Assembly be again appointed a minister unless he is elected a member of that Assembly”.