ISLAMABAD - A consultation is underway in PTI to form an 18-20 member federal cabinet.
Dr Arif Alvi and Shafqat Mahmood are being considered for the position of Speaker National Assembly while the slot of deputy speaker can go to Zartaj Gul Wazir or to a member of a coalition partner.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi is a strong contender for the Foreign Minister.
There are no surprises for the Finance Minister slot as the party chief himself had confirmed days before the election that Asad Umar would be his top choice for the position. Former Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak’s name is being considered for Interior ministry.
Odds are in favour for Fawad Chaudhry and Shireen Mazari to become Defence Minister and Information Minister respectively.
The party is considering to give Ministry of Railways to Awami Muslim League Chairperson Shiekh Rashid Ahmed.
Sources have said that Makhdoom Khushro Bakhtiyar, Murad Saeed, Senator Chaudhry Sarwar, Azam Swati, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ramesh Kumar, Amir Liaquat Hussain and Shahriyar Afridi are also expected to be included in the federal cabinet.