Five heavy weight female faces in Shehbaz Sharif’s 34 member cabinet can make much difference. For the first time such heavy weight female faces are included in the cabinet.
Sherry Rehman (PPP) from Sindh, is a former diplomat who has been the member of the Senate of Pakistan since 2015. She was the first female Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from March to August 2018 and served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States from 2011 to 2013.
Hina Rabbani Khar
Hina Rabbani Khar was previously appointed in July 2011 as the Foreign Minister of Pakistan at the age of 33, she was the youngest person and the first woman to have held the position Khar is a member of an influential feudal family in Muzaffargarh.
She studied business at LUMS and U Mass – Amherst before entering politics as a member of the national assembly in 2002, representing the PML-Q and becoming a junior minister responsible for economic policy under the Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. In 2009, after switching parties and winning re-election with the PPP, she became the Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs and the same year became the first woman to present the national budget. She was appointed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani as the Foreign Minister of Pakistan in July 2011, and served until shortly before the 2013 election, when she retired from active politics. She has continued to push for stronger ties with India.
Marriyum Aurangzeb (Pakistan Muslim League-N) is federal minister of Information & Broadcasting in Shehbaz Sharif Cabinet. She served as the Federal Minister for Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in Shahid Khaqan Abbasi cabinet from April 2018 to May 2018 and previously from October 2016 to July 2017 in the third Sharif cabinet and from August 2017 to April 2018 in the Abbasi cabinet. Marriyum Aurangzeb has remained party’s spokesperson after 2018.
Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha
Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha (PML-N) is a former provincial minister of Punjab and the wife of Hafeez Pasha, an economist and ex-federal minister.
Shazia Marri (PPP) from Sindh. Her father was the former deputy speaker Sindh assembly. She herself has been an MPA twice and an MNA three times. She was also previously a provincial minister in Sindh.