PM Gi­lani sacks two min­is­ters, JUI-F breaks away from govt

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yusuf Raza Gi­lani on Tues­day sacked Min­is­ters for Re­li­gious Af­fairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi and Min­is­ter for Sci­ence and Technology Azam Swati from their of­fices, a state­ment from the PM House said.

Though the PM House state­ment did not men­tion any rea­sons it is be­lieved that the Min­is­ter of Re­li­gious Af­fairs was fired as se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in the Hajj this year were lev­elled against him.

The for­mer Min­is­ter for Sci­ence and Technology Azam Swati and the Min­is­ter of Re­li­gious Af­fairs had en­tered a ver­bal bout, blam­ing each other of cor­rup­tion dur­ing the Hajj op­er­a­tions. PM Gi­lani has given the ad­di­tional charge of Re­li­gious Af­fairs Min­istry to Syed Khur­shid Shah, Min­is­ter of Labour and Man­power, while Pir Aftab Hus­sain Shah Ji­lani, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Cul­ture will hold the ad­di­tional charge of Min­istry of Sci­ence and Technology. Sar­dar Aseff Ahmed Ali has been ap­pointed min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion Technology, and has been given ad­di­tional charge of Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Mean­while, Jamiat Ulema Is­lam (JUI-F) chief Fa­zlur Rehman said on Tues­day he was with­draw­ing from the coali­tion govern­ment af­ter the Min­is­ter for Sci­ence and Technology Azam Swati was dis­missed by the prime min­is­ter ear­lier to­day. "It is im­pos­si­ble to stay in the coali­tion. We are say­ing good­bye to the govern­ment," Fa­zlur Rehman told re­porters af­ter a party meet­ing. -PB News

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