In a reshuffle of the Punjab cabinet, Fayyaz ul Hasan Chohan was on Monday removed as the provincial information minister and replaced by Firdous Ashiq Awan as a Special Assistant to Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar on Information.
According to the official notification, the Sialkot based Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf politician Firdous Ashiq has been appointed as a Special Assistant to Chief Minister. Firdous Ashiq Awan was the former Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting.
Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan who was performing the duties as Punjab Information Minister has been chosen for Provincial Minister for Colonies.
It is relevant to mention here that this is the second time Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan has been removed from Punjab Information Minister seat. The last time Chohan was reinstated as the Information Minister was back in December 2019.
As part of the reshuffle, two other provincial ministers — Zawar Hussain Warraich, who held the prisons portfolio and Mehar Muhammad Aslam, who held the cooperatives portfolio — were removed from their offices.
However, on the other hand Firdous Ashiq Awan who has been assigned responsibilities in the Punjab government this time was de-notified in April 2020 from the Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting duties.
It is pertinent to mention here that the cause of dismissal of Firdous Ashiq Awan was made to be her efforts to misuse state funds, overarching her powers and uses the SAPM power for political appointments.
With all the latest developments in the country, when the opposition is in the backfoot over the remarks by Ayaz Sadiq, the ruling party always finds a way to turn the tides towards them.