First Hindu in Pak govt in 20 years


Islamabad: After a span of 20 years, a Hindu politician, Darshan Lal, is set to take the role of a cabinet minister in Pakistan.

The decision was announced on Friday as the new Prime Minister Shahaid Khaqan Abbasi formulated his cabinet.

As per sources, Darshan Lal (65) would head coordination between four Pakistani provinces. Lal is a practising doctor from Mirpur Mathelo town in Ghotki district of Sindh. In 2013, he was elected to the national assembly for the second time on PML-N ticket on a reserved seat for minorities.

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.

The Pakistan Supreme Court had disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office over Panama Papers leaks last week, following which Abbasi (former petroleum minister) took over.

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