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Foreign Affairs

Pakistan new cabinet takes oath

Islamabad, The 21-member cabinet of Pakistan federal government took oath at a ceremony at the Presidential palace in Islamabad on Monday.

President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to the cabinet members. Pakistan new Prime Minister Imran Khan was also present on the occasion.

This is a relatively small cabinet, comprising 16 ministers and five advisors.

Asad Umar was assigned the portfolio of Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs while PTI's Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who served as foreign minister during the previous PPP government, was again assigned to handle foreign affairs.

Pervez Khattak will look after the Defense Ministry, Dr Shirin Mazari will serve as the Minister for Human Rights, Fawad Chaudhry will be the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shafqat Mehmood will look after the Ministry of Education and Professional Training.

Meanwhile, Noorul Haq Qadri was given the portfolio of religious affairs.

Farogh Nasim will be the Minister of Law and Justice while Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, will be the Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, respectively.

Dr Fehmida Mirza, who previously served as the Speaker of the National Assembly, will be the new Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination.

Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema will serve as the Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON). Aamir Mehmood Kiyani was assigned the portfolio of Ministry of National Health Services, while Zubaida Jalal will look after Ministry of Defense Production.

The Ministry of Water Resources will be looked after by Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan has been assigned Petroleum Division, while Sheikh Rashid Ahmad will look after the Railways ministry.

The five advisors to the Prime Minister are: Mohammad Shehzad Arbab (Establishment), Abdul Razak Dawood (Commerce,/Textile Industry and Investment), Dr Ishrat Hussain (Industrial Reforms and Austerity), Amin Aslam (Climate Change) and Zaheeruddin Babar Awan (Parliamentary Affairs).

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA