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Pakistan appoints its first Hindu Union Cabinet Minister in over 20 years

August 5,2017:

He claimed that the “propaganda” against the plight of minorities in Pakistan had no truth.

Darshan Lal Pakistani Minister
Darshan Lal Pakistani Minister

A 65-year-old doctor became first Hindu minister in Pakistan in more than two decades after Cabinet of the country’s new prime minister was sworn in.

Darshan Lal will coordinate between four Pakistani provinces as a Minister of s|State in Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s Cabinet.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader had won a National Assembly election in the year 2013 for second time in a seat reserved for minorities.

He practises at the Pirbhoomal Memorial Children Hospital in the Ghotki district of Sindh. PML-N website lists as him as President of party’s minority wing.

He told the Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper in the year 2009 that minorities in country, including the Sikh, Christians and Hindus, had equal rights and religious freedom, and “propaganda” against plight of minorities in Pakistan had no truth.

 

Pakistan’s new 47-member cabinet that was sworn in on Friday retained the 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 the year 2013.

New Prime Minister is an ally of Mr. Nawaz Sharif and was formerly Petroleum Minister.

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