Posturing of inclusion: Pakistan cabinet gets first Hindu minister in 20 years

Did disqualified former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif prevent his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif from taking over the top government spot? Total Members of the Parliament are 446 while for the first time MPs belonging to Mandi Baha-ud-Din, Gujrat and other have been included in the cabinet.

65-year-old Darshan Lal is a doctor from Sindh's Mirpur Mathelo.

Many Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders believe the Chief Minister of Punjab has missed or made to miss a "golden opportunity" to succeed his elder brother, and that Nawaz Sharif has shattered the dreams of his nephew Hamza Sharif to take up the reins in the province, Dawn online reported.

The former PM said he was now focusing primarily on the welfare of the country and hot the premier's slot but the media, the civil society and politicians need to start a debate on why no prime minister had been able to complete their full tenure.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath to 47 cabinet ministers in a televised swearing-in ceremony.

Warning that there will be a state of anarchy in the country if it "did not walk on the right path", Sharif said Pakistan is right now on its way to prosperity and will continue to grow. The last foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, was appointed by the Pakistan People's Party.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said: "The decision that Shahbaz Sharif will continue serving in Punjab is nearly certain".

On Friday, Khawaja Saad Rafique, a leader of the ruling party, said Sharif will soon file a review petition in a court to try to get his disqualification reversed.

The newly elected prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former petroleum minister, reportedly chose his cabinet after consulting with the disqualified premier, who is said to still be holding the party reigns.

The reshuffle saw Sharif's close aide Ishaq Dar resume his earlier role as finance minister despite a criminal investigation ordered against him by the Supreme Court in the Panama leaks.

The cabinet members and their portfolios were finalised by Abbasi after six-hour-long consultations with his predecessor Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the resort town of Murree Thursday.

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