Pakistan: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s new cabinet sworn in
The Cabinet of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in on Friday with media reports saying that Khawaja Asif has been appointed the country’s first full-time foreign minister since 2013.
President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to the new members at a ceremony at the President House in Islamabad.
The new Cabinet largely retained old faces but some new leaders were included as ministers and ministers of state.
There was some confusion about the size of the Cabinet as state-run PTV reported that it included 28 ministers and 18 ministers of state, while Geo TV reported that 28 ministers and 19 ministers of state have taken oath.
There was no formal announcement so far on the portfolios.
Media reports said that portfolios of several ministers from the previous Nawaz Sharif dispensation have been changed.
According to the reports, Khawaja Asif has been appointed as the country’s first full-time foreign minister since 2013, when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party came to power.
Asif had the dual charge of the defence ministry and the water and power ministry in the previous government.
Ahsan Iqbal has been appointed the interior minister and former trade minister Khurrum Dastigir Khan was given the defence portfolio.
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