Darshan Lal: First Hindu in federal cabinet in 20 years

After two decades Pakistan has a Hindu cabinet minister

As per a government official, Darshan Lal would head the distribution between four Pakistani provinces.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday said that Senate was an integral part of the Parliament and its role in legislative framework of the country by effectively guarding the rights of the federating units was highly praiseworthy.

This is Lal's second stint in the National Assembly, Pakistan's Lower House, after being elected in 2013 on a PML-N ticket under reservation for minorities.

Lal reportedly used to practice as a doctor in Mirpur Mathelo town in Ghotki district of Sindh province.

After a span of 20 years, a Hindu politician, Darshan Lal, is set to take the role of a cabinet minister in Pakistan. Since the time Nawaz Sharif became the PM in 2013, the post of the foreign minister was vacant.

Rahul Gandhi visits flood affected villages in Rajasthan
Gandhi is accompanied by PCC president Sachin Pilot, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and other leaders and party workers. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi convoy was attacked by an unruly mob in Banaskatha district of Gujarat.

Khawaja Asif, a close ally of Sharif, who had earlier controlled defense and power ministries, was appointed as the Foreign Minister. Hina Rabbani Khar was the last foreign minister.

There are 28 federal ministers and 19 state ministers in the new cabinet, nearly double Sharif's 25-strong cabinet when he swept the 2013 polls.

No decision has been made yet on whether Abbasi will remain the PM till the 2018 elections or step down after Shahbaz becomes eligible to take over after winning a by-election, as previously decided.

Nearly five politicians for eminent families have been added by Abbasi in order to strengthen the party's position in Punjab.

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