Shaza Fatima Khawaja Appointed As The New IT Minister

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has selected Shaza Fatima Khawaja as the State minister for IT & Telecom.

The Prime Minister’s office issued a notification allocating the portfolio of Information Technology and Telecommunication to Khawaja, who took oath at the presidency yesterday under clause 1 of Article 92 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

“The Prime Minister has been pleased to allocate portfolio of Information Technology & Telecommunication to Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Minister of State, with immediate effect,” according to a brief circular issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on March 12, 2024.

This comes after the premier recommended 19 names for his federal cabinet, including 12 National Assembly members and three senators, for approval by President Asif Ali Zardari.

She is the only woman recommended for the federal cabinet.

Sources told ProPakistani that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif aims to prioritize the IT sector, intending to boost exports in this domain. Consequently, he has entrusted Khawaja with the responsibility, reflecting his party’s commitment to advancing the IT sector. The Prime Minister has convened a meeting on the IT sector today at the PM House.

Khawaja, a Pakistani politician, has been a Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since June 2013. She previously served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs with the status of Minister of State.

Elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) on a reserved seat for women from Punjab in the 2013 general election, Khawaja has held various positions, including parliamentary secretary for the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, and Textile and Vice President of the Young Parliamentarians Forum of the National Assembly.

Re-elected to the National Assembly in the 2018 general election, Khawaja assumed the role of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in May 2022. She was re-elected to the National Assembly in the 2024 general election.

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