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Darshan Lal: Pakistan’s first Hindu cabinet minister in 2 decades

Srinagar: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi formed his cabinet on Friday while including the first Hindu cabinet Minister Darshan Lal in a Pakistan government in more than 20 years, media reports said.

Lal used to practice as a doctor in Mirpur Mathelo town in Ghotki district of Sindh province, and was elected to the national assembly for the second time in 2013 on a Pakistan Muslim League (N) ticket under the minority quota, reports said about the Hindu minister in Pakistan.

“The reshuffle was aimed at bolstering support for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) ahead of the general elections in mid-2018, with President Mamnoon Hussain administering the oath of office to 47-member cabinet that included 28 federal and 19 state ministers in a televised ceremony at his official residence,” the report said.

Darshan Lal would head coordination between four Pakistani provinces, a government official said.


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