PM Announces Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of MQM as Minister for IT

Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui as Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication.

Siddiqui is the current convener and leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) and was elected in the general election held on July 25, 2018. He was also elected in the general election 2013.

It is worth mentioning that Siddiqui has apparently no experience of information technology sector and was not even member of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication during his last tenure as member Parliament.

Former Minister for IT Anusha Rehman was member of the Standing Committee during her earlier tenure (2008-13) and after her selection on reserved seat in 2013, she was given the charge of State Minister.

Anusha was further promoted during the Abbasi administration and was appointed as Federal Minister for IT.

Complete list of Federal Ministers and PM Advisers is as following:


  • This is called ” Relationship with Prime Minister ”

    RIP IT Sector

    • Haris Sikandar

      Har jaga tu hazir huta hein… Jaw tum sambalo IT sector k kurse . .Don’t judge before test …

      • Read this line again
        ” It is worth mentioning that Siddiqui has apparently no experience of information technology sector and was not even member of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication during his last tenure as member Parliament ”

        that is called Parchi & Relationship with Politics

      • Read this line again
        ” It is worth mentioning that Siddiqui has apparently no experience of information technology sector and was not even member of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication during his last tenure as member Parliament ”

        that is called Parchi & Relationship with Politics

    • shaitan

      It’s actually horse trading. He’s in the MQM and they need his party’s support to form a government so they made him a minister. Can you believe that the party that claims to stand for justice has allied itself with the mafia party? So much for your naya pakistan!

      • abobobilly

        As much as i’m furious with some selections, As long as the leader of PTI is alive and well, I trust his judgement. Wait and watch.

      • ranasrule

        Imran Khan said as far back as 2015 that he would have no problem with MQM if they removed Altaf and abandoned their thuggish ways

  • Mian M UsmAn

    RIP IT

  • College

    Disappointed and feel dejected.

    Most ministers are from General Pervaiz Musharaf Era

  • Sami

    A person with no prior experience in IT is now our IT minister. This is Naya Pakistan ??. Where is Merit and where is change?. It is such an important ministry which requires atleast 10-15 years of IT experience. And you are giving this position to a non-experienced person?. I don’t need this Naya Pakistan.

    There are thousands of Pakistani IT professionals working around the globe. And we cannot contact any to become the IT minister?. This is a pure murder of merit where a political appointee has hijcaked the most important portfolio.

    No one can defend this decision of Imran Khan.

    • shaitan

      Anusha Rahman was a lawyer by training. She didn’t know much about the subject either. The government is, and it seems always will be, hostile to ICT. The most recent news is that they want to block twitter because it isn’t complying with their requests to censor content. The only time they think about IT is when they want to auction off spectrum or tax telecoms, ISPs and mobile phone imports to death.

      • Sami

        Bakwas band karo. Stop barking that PMLN did it like that, so we have the right to do so. This ” What about” brigade is the biggest enemy of PTI.

        We are talking about change. The change means that if PMLN did the wrong move, so we will not repeat that move, rather we will set a new example

        What is wrong is wrong. PTI worshippers should come out of sleep. Accept criticism. I am not a blind worshipper of Imran Khan. I cannot defend this decision.

        • saeed

          I will covey your concern to Imran khan today regarding this decision.I am not happy either.

          • saeed

            let me know your suggestions and i will compile it and send it to them.

            • Shiftew leite

              And who are you to imran?well, if you are actually speaking truth..here;s what i would advice, parteyon ko khush karney ke bajaye,chezon aur idaron ko look after karein, PTI ko waisey bhi awaam ki shadeed support hai,maybe sure. parties ko khush karlo,jab tak apki position itni strong hojaye ke PTI ko esi sasti harkaton ki zarurat na parey.. This guy will hinder IT progress in ways we cannot even imagine,atleast banda ese ko appoint karey jisko shounq ho IT ko atleast seekhne ka,

        • shaitan

          who said anything about pml-n? seems you people can’t think beyond politics even though you talk about IT.

  • RIP IT… This is surely called Parchi & Relationship with PM

  • Ahtysham Afzal

    Can we start a protest against this decision? I hope IK will change this person.

    • shaitan

      Too late for that. You shouldn’t have voted for his party.

      • abobobilly

        Sorry what? Would you prefer to vote for other of the two parties available? Say what you want. As much as you want to portray the PTI as the evil party, sometimes you don’t have any choice but to pick the lesser of two evils.

        • shaitan

          not voting is always an option so yes you do have other choices. voting is pointless anyway because the army is fundamentally in charge. they are the ones repressing ICT in this country.

          • Ahtysham Afzal

            You don’t have to talk about our country, we know much better about it. Army isn’t in charge, even if it is in charge then i have no regrets i voted for IK. He is the best person and most trustworthy leader in Pakistan right now.

        • Stop the practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue. It’s called Whataboutism.

          Whataboutism is a cheap rhetorical tactic that relies on drawing false or sketchy comparisons between two things which may not actually be all that comparable.

          Talk on merit. PTI failed to deliver plain and simple.

          • abobobilly

            Oh look at you, professor know it all. Giving judgement on the performance of a party who literally JUST came in power?
            Change is always scary. Let them act on their agenda first. If they don’t deliver, you can choose your favorite party in next elections. Until then, it’s best to not give such ridiculous judgments which only makes you look like a fool.

            • I guess you don’t have to be a `Know it all` when a party lies to you and people like you still follow it. Even abuse others. You just called me a fool since you don’t know any better. How about instead of being a bigot who doesn’t accept contrary opinion you focus on not abusing others?

            • The idea of staying quite for five years is so ridiculous that it made me laugh. It’s like saying — ‘YES WE KNOW WE LIED, NOW WAIT FOR FIVE YEARS AND SHUT UP’ LOL. Get better than this.

              • abobobilly

                Lied? Where exactly did they lie to you? They have been much more transparent than any of your previous governments, and have been making changes (in small steps) to the current system.
                It’s like You are implying that the earlier governments were better, where they showed heavens to the public and kept looting the treasury at backend?
                Like i said before, you can’t judge the performance of current govt. based on the few days they have been in. And instead of criticizing them by listening to media, you should hear the Provincial and National Assembly’s meetings (live in PTV), so you know what’s REALLY going on.

                • >Where exactly did they lie to you?

                  Stood up at the national TV and promised everyone merit. That’s what a lie is. Basic common sense. The fact that you have the audacity to ask the question like that shows how badly affected you are by their wrongful promises.

                  >They have been much more transparent than any of your previous governments

                  Don’t give a damn about transparency where there is no MERIT and CHANGE as was promised. Stopped hiding behind the facade of words.

                  >It’s like You are implying that the earlier governments were better, where they showed heavens to the public and kept looting the treasury at backend?

                  Stop this whataboutism and stay on the topic. Past govts were bad this govt is worst. They lied to our face.

                  >Like i said before, you can’t judge the performance of current govt. based on the few days they have been in.

                  Oh so now you are the one who will tell when and how I or someone else can judge? Who gave you the right to do so. Everyone has the right to judge this government right now. Mia g actions speak louder than your meaningless words. Their actions are exact opposite of what they promised.

                  Look at you defending a computer illiterate IT minister. What’s wrong with you?

                  >And instead of criticizing them by listening to media, you should hear the Provincial and National Assembly’s meetings (live in PTV), so you know what’s REALLY going on.

                  HAHA. What a big joke. I didn’t listen to media. Infact I don’t watch news for over 8 years now. My information is based on what I see myself. I read the entire manifesto of PTI and the entire documentation on IT policy (which by the way was a big joke 90% filled with facts about problems, then lies like 70% of CS grads are unemployable — made me laugh so hard — and then useless promises of growing IT grads to 100k instead of 20k which would mean making 140 new universities in five years, I don’t see one uni being constructed every month).

                  Also, there was a promise of MERIT and CHANGE both of which were ruined by the bad choice of IT minister we have now. In your face and in my face.

                  Instead of defending thiefs and liars, politicians who have zero plan and only know how to abuse the public you should try and hold them accountable for their fake promises.

                  • abobobilly

                    The way I see it, you’re living in a fairy land, where all changes are made with a magic wand, and is a land of ourp. You don’t care about transparency, and hardly keep up changing trends of Pakistan, and have the audacity to ignore all good decisions and focusing on one bad decision. Plz do give me examples of their so called “lies”.

                    Please carry on and be in same league of those “senior analysts” who were sleeping all these years and now all of a sudden think that new govt is not gonna do anything .

                    I am hopeful about the direction of this country and fully trust Imran Khan’s policies . He doesn’t need to prove himself when time and time again he has done everything he claimed he’d do.
                    You’re in a minority like PMLN and PPP so sit back, keep making funny nagging and enjoy the ride .

              • abobobilly

                Instead of raising your voice on the current ‘new’ government, man up and raise your voice on the atrocities of previous governments.
                The new rules are being made for any of the upcoming govt. where they will be held accountable infront of public, and will also have to be transparent.

                • Man up and questions what’s wrong without any discrimination!

  • This is not acceptable … we were dreaming of meritocracy and what we’ve got in return..?? As an IT student and enthusiast , I’m disappointed.

    • Sami

      Sir don’t try to criticize this decision. I voted PTI for change. But i think my decision was wrong.
      I tried to criticize this decision and I was bashed on Twitter and Facebook by PTI worshippers. Now I have been stamped as a Patwari.

      So get your statement back. Otherwise feel the wrath of PTI troll group.

      • Jalil Jahanzaib Khan

        I am pti voter plus imran khan supporter, i will not bashed you, as a voter we must check and raise our voices againts pti gov. wrong actions, because in the end we are NOT PATWARIS.

  • always stand with right

    dear propakistani;

    if this appointment has been done by someone else, your blog head amir and team has shared memes and criticize but right now, halat ye hy ‘bole to kis se’ . isi lye agar sahi journalism kya hota to aj ye na hota

  • Naru-hudo

    I.T ka Allah hafiz

    • shaitan

      Allah is actually part of the problem. His priests hate IT because the
      internet is chock full of pr0n and blasphemous content. As long as you
      worship Allah you will remain backward.

      • Ahtasham

        اللہ تعالیٰ کسی کے لیے برا نہیں کرتے۔یہ سب انسانوں کا کیاہواہے۔

      • Ahtysham Afzal

        black sheep spotted!

      • Naru-hudo

        dafa ho

      • Steve Fox

        Wow, just wow. Stop with this BS, seriously. Get some education. Our people follow their culture NOT RELIGION, Okay! Since our forefathers have incorporated a few of Islamic Laws, we claim to follow religion and wherever there is a clash in between these Values, we opt in for the culture by saying, “Sari dunya esaa hi karti ha, (This is the way of the World). So Just Stop. Think Critically, plz!!!!!

  • shaitan

    The previous government had a lawyer in charge. This one has one upped them and appointed a member of the criminal mafia party!

  • Tulip just died

    “Sighs”
    Ab to PayPal kabbhee nahin aye ga

    • shaitan

      alipay is coming so paypal won’t come now anyway. in the past they could have had the market for themselves but if they come now they will have to compete with another giant for our tiny market.

  • Atif

    This is exactly not how Naya Pakistan’s foundations should have been laid. Seems Mr. Niazi has lost it all or these are the barkat of istikhara bibi.

    • ranasrule

      You have any proof to back up your claims about his Wife? And what kind of term is ”
      istikhara bibi”?

  • Najam

    Lag gyay Loray…

  • kk

    RIP IT;
    Also, i had tried to search his basic qualification. And, unfortunately I am unable to find a single site to explain about his qualification… Anyone know about his education…

  • kk

    RIP IT;
    Also, i had tried to search his basic qualification. And, unfortunately I am unable to find a single site to explain about his qualification… Anyone know about his education…

  • Aamir Khan

    Seriously, Pervez Khattak for Defence and Khalid Maqbool for IT?
    Well then ….speechless

  • China Cutting

    I am more concerned about the privacy at stake of all citizens of this land, most importantly how they would make misuse of technology to refine their ways goonship/ threat and looting. This is a serious risk I am not willing to take.It is not a secret how google maps/ google earth was used as a tool to survey the land and then capture it by means of gun and then those plots were subdivided and later on sold (China cutting)

    • China Cutting

      Everyone knows what happened when MQM had ports and shipping ministry. They looted all the weapons meant for NATO forces in Afghanistan and then used it in crimes in Karachi.

  • Wali Khan

    RIP IT!

  • Asher Ahmed

    Dont worry guys, majorly IT has administrative issues- need to establish policies especially taxation. Can’t charge the customer, but can charge the operator against high profit getting after SC Decision.

  • Hamza Sajid

    I am feeling very sad after reading this article :(
    I think in Pakistan at this time Dr.Umar Saif. Chairman PITB are best for IT minister, they should select someone who have experiance in this field, while Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui are completely unsuited for this post.
    Raise your voice against this we don’t accept this parchi system.
    #ImranKhan #Naya-Pakistan #TMinister #ParchiSystem

  • Carl

    pehley konsa experience tha last tenure mein. member ban janey sey kiya sab kuch ajata hey.
    Kiya kiya hey IT key liye last tenure mein.. sab kuch auto pilot per hey…… just sit and see.

    • College

      Kia Chawal Mari hay aap nay

      • Mere Se Bhi @disqus_YahpZPU240:disqus Do Hath Aghe Nikal Chawal Marne Main

    • Stop the practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue. It’s called Whataboutism.

      Whataboutism is a cheap rhetorical tactic that relies on drawing false or sketchy comparisons between two things which may not actually be all that comparable.

  • What a shame! This is the new and changed Pakistan PTI and PTI supporters talked about? What a big fat joke!

  • Kazim

    Good. InShaAllah they all work in favor of Pakistanis, under the Head of PM. Good Luck to all of them.

  • Sajid

    Yet! Another Joke of the Day by Z khan!

  • Sajid

    Yet! Another Joke of the Day by Z khan!

  • Umar Pazir

    RIP IT