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Bilawal to take oath as federal minister tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced to taking oath as a federal minister tomorrow (Wednesday) and is likely to be appointed as the foreign minister.

Bilawal made the announcement in a press conference after a meeting of the PPP’s Central Executive Committee (CEC). If appointed, he will become the youngest person to become foreign minister of Pakistan. He will join his illustrious grandfather and PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who was also the foreign minister.

Bilawal was present when the initial federal cabinet members of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took oath. The PML-N had assured that the PPP will be handed over the foreign minister. It had appointed Hina Rabbani Khar as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Last week, PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said the party chairman would take oath within two days. Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb had assured that the PPP chairman would take the oath after he returns to Pakistan.

Bilawal had departed for London where held two meetings with PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif to exchange views on political matters and the new Charter of Democracy (CoD).

During the press on Tuesday, Bilawal said former prime minister Imran Khan’s narrative of “foreign conspiracy” hurt Pakistan’s image on international forums.

Bilawal said the narrative will continue as the PTI chairman shifts his targets from the judiciary to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

He said Imran Khan violated the Constitution and considered it a “piece of paper”. He demanded that the events that had transpired on the night before the vote on the no-confidence motion against the then-prime minister should be investigated.

“Imran Khan’s politics is based on lies and propaganda. He is running a campaign ‘why didn’t you save me’. He is targeting every institution that did not ‘save’ him,” the PPP chairman said.

Bilawal blamed Imran Khan for making “all the institutions of Pakistan controversial” and called on them to keep working within their constitutional parameters.

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