Ever Hindu in Pak Cabinet in over two decades

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

In their separate messages, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Pakistan being a federal state will flourish more when federating units have better representation at the federal level. Lal was elected to the national assembly for the second time in 2013 on a Pakistan Muslim League (N) ticket under the minority quota.

In spite of the on-going criminal investigation launched against him by Supreme Court, Ishaq Dar returned to take back his position as finance minister. "It's a massive cabinet".

Pakistan's new 47-member cabinet that was sworn in on Friday retained old names, but some new leaders were included as ministers and ministers of state, including Khawaja Asif appointed as the country's first full-time foreign minister since 2013.

Earlier Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the top court in the Panama Papers case on July 28, had nominated his brother Shahbaz Sharif to succeed him after winning a by-election on his vacant seat in Lahore constituency NA120.

The opposition has criticised this intention as dynastic and undemocratic, criticism that Abbasi rejects.

Till now, nothing has been said about whether Abbasi will remain the PM till the 2018 elections. The country security departments have also informed in this regard.

A feudal structure in much of rural Pakistan allows powerful families to wield patronage and command voter allegiances, often easily switched in a nation where political parties are driven more by powerful figureheads than ideology. "It shows that it's all about the next election", Pakistani writer and analyst Zahid Hussain said.

"There was always been a fear or a concern they would jump ship if the government seems weak", he added.

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