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Khawaja Asif sworn in as Pakistan’s full time foreign minister

Khwaja Asif Has Been Appointed As Full-time Foreign Minister In Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's Cabinet.

PTI | Updated on: 04 Aug 2017, 04:41:57 PM
Khwaja Asif. (File Photo)

Islamabad :

Khwaja Asif has been appointed as full-time foreign minister in Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's cabinet. 

Pakistan President President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to 18 state ministers including Asif and 28 federal ministers at President House in Islamabad, Dawn newspaper reported on Friday.

According to the Pakistani newspaper the new Cabinet has largely retained old faces but sevral new faces were included as ministers and ministers of state.

The portfolios of the ministers were finalised by Abbasi after a six-hour-long consultations with his predecessor Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Murree yesterday.

Asif, earlier the defence minister in the Sharif government, will serve as the country's new foreign minister. The country remained without a foreign minister after 2013 when the PML-N came into power. The last foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, was appointed by the Pakistan People's Party.

Ahsan Iqbal, former minister for planning, will take charge of the key interior ministry.

Ishaq Dar will continue as finance minister whereas Pervez Malik will be the new minister for commerce in place of Khurram Dastagir Khan, who took charge of the defence ministry.

Dar retained the finance ministry portfolio despite Supreme Court orders to register corruption cases against him.

Marriyum Aurangzeb has retained the portfolio of State Information Minister.

However, the powerful former interior minister Nisar Ali Khan has been excluded from the new Cabinet as he refused to join due to differences with the party leadership.

Two days ago, Prime Minister Abbasi had delayed the formation of the Cabinet after meeting Sharif.

Sharif has been staying in Murree since he vacated the official residence earlier this week after the Supreme Court disqualified him in connection with the Panama Papers scandal.

The transition to the new Cabinet has taken exactly seven days since Sharif's ouster on July 28.

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First Published : 04 Aug 2017, 04:41:57 PM