Hafeez and Rabbani appointed advisers
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has appointed Senator Mian Raza Rabbani and Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh as advisers.
Dr Hafeez Shaikh has been made Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance while the portfolio of Senator Rabbani, who heads the parliamentary committee on constitutional reforms, has not been announced.
Dr Hafeez Shaikh who was the minister for privatization and investment in the Musharraf government, will take charge in a couple of days.
During his tenure as federal minister, Dr Shaikh completed 34 sale transactions worth Rs300 billion in banking, telecom, electricity and manufacturing.
In 2000-2002, he was minister of finance, planning and development of Sindh.
Dr Shaikh has a PhD in Economics and has authored many publications. He has over 30 years of experience in economic policy-making, management and implementation.
According to an official handout, Senator Raza Rabbani’s appointment as adviser will enable him to table in parliament the 18th constitutional amendment that has been prepared by the parliamentary committee under his leadership.
Mr Rabbani is Deputy Secretary General of the PPP. He was federal minister of state for law and justice in 1994 and held the post till 1996.
In the present PPP government, he held the portfolio of federal minister for inter-provincial coordination as well as Leader of the House in Senate, but resigned both positions in March last year in protest against his party’s decision not to appoint him Senate chairman.