Islamabad (Agencies): In the first phase of a government reshuffle, Pakistan President dropped SM Qureshi as Foreign Minister on Friday. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, swore cabinet ministers into office during the reshuffling which is done to reduce the size of the cabinet and curb public spending. Most of the ministers whom the President swore in on Friday were members of his Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

Government officials said ministers from other parties in the fractious coalition would take office later.

A reduction in the size of the cabinet is required under the 18th amendment to the constitution, which stipulates it should be no larger than 11 percent of parliament, which would be a maximum of 49 members.

There were more than 50 ministers in the cabinet that resigned on Wednesday.

Struggling from unprecedented flooding last year that caused damages of $9.7 billion, the government is under huge international pressure to introduce economic reforms and meet International Monetary Fund targets agreed in a 2008 bailout package.

Each minister swore to undertake their duties "honestly" and "faithfully in accordance with the constitution" and "always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of Pakistan".