ISLAMABAD - While 25 lawmakers have sworn in as members of the federal cabinet on Friday, the opposition parties viewed that masses elected these members due to their tall claims and are now keenly watching their performance to deal with outstanding issues including terrorism, loadshedding and poverty.

The claim regarding small-sized cabinet seems almost impossible to achieve as over two dozen have been incorporated in the federal cabinet even in the first phase, which would further swell in near future, said members of opposition parties in National Assembly commenting on formation of the federal cabinet.

About plethora of challenges currently faced by the country, they said sooner their performance would reveal their efficiency so they need to work hard in their particular field to give maximum relief to masses.

Senior party member PPPP Yasmeen Rehman said that the country is not in a position now to afford more experiences and the PML-N government along with its coalition partners will have to deliver and resolve all outstanding issues.

“Target oriented approach could be helpful in resolving the problems,” she said, adding that they have almost failed to keep the size of cabinet small.

When contacted, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) central leader Shafqat Mehmood commented that it was right of treasury benches to form cabinet and they should deliver.

MQM central leader Waseem Akhtar said that a lot of challenges await PML-N government and they could not be handled only through making tall claims. “Terrorism is a big challenge which needs to be the first priority of the government. It is their test how they deal with such issues in future,” said Waseem, adding that they have already failed in their claim to keep size of cabinet small as compared to other previous governments. Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) leader Ajmal Wazir said that though important ministries have been given to senior and experienced politicians, they will have to deal with plethora of problems technically. “Results of their performance will come soon,” he added.

When contacted, Awami National Party (ANP) leader Zahid Khan also criticised the size of the cabinet, saying that they have failed in this claim. “I don’t think so they have succeeded in their claim about small cabinet,” said Zahid, adding that all big challenges are their test.

Commenting on formation of new cabinet, Awami Muslim League (AWM) leader Sheikh Rasheed said that there was a lot of big challenges including terrorism, loadshedding, and economic crisis, which demand true commitment. “It is easy to criticise but to deliver is some thing else. I pray they could resolve gigantic issues,” he said, adding that it was not an extraordinary cabinet.

When contacted, JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai welcomed the first phase of the cabinet, saying that they believed experienced lawmakers would deliver in their particular areas.