It seems Prime Minister Imran Khan is the apple of the eye for local media; maybe this is why PM’s every act makes headlines.
Media’s latest objection was on the ‘expanding’ size of the federal cabinet after PM Khan appointed Yousuf Baig Mirza as his Special Assistant on media affairs.
His addition expanded the cabinet’s number to 41. Woah…41? Isn’t it huge? Technically it is but how does it compare to cabinets that came before him?
Well, if you’re one of those who think the current size of the cabinet is large, wait till you see the size of cabinets in last ten years.
Did you know that former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s team consisted of 69 members?
Yes! And his predecessor, the ousted premier Nawaz Sharif had a 56-member cabinet.
This doesn’t end here; ex-PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had 70 members in his cabinet while his predecessor Yousuf Raza Gillani had 72.
Here are the details of federal cabinets over the last ten year:
|Imran Khan||Shahid Khaqan Abbasi||Nawaz Sharif||Raja Pervaiz Ashraf||Yousuf Raza Gillani|
While a larger cabinet may bring a few benefits, such as micromanagement, it takes a huge tole on the national exchequer.
Having a larger cabinet may or not be a bad thing in any other country, but in Pakistan, where the coffers remain empty, a smaller cabinet means a huge reduction in govt expenditure. PM Imran Khan’s cabinet is indeed the smallest in over a decade but it isn’t small. Thankfully, some members of the cabinet have been kind enough to decline all the salary and other perks that burden the national exchequer. If others follow suit, the size of the cabinet will no longer be an issue for the media or the public.
Source: Federal Cabinet Official Website