President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday administered the oath to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari as the federal minister for foreign affairs.

Bilawal took oath following the approval of the party’s top decision-making body a day earlier.

Speaking at a news conference after the PPP Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting on Tuesday, he said that the country was facing big challenges ahead and assured that the incumbent government would overcome them.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif witnessed the oath-taking ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr which was attended by former president Asif Ali Zardari, ex-prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and a large number of parliamentarians, party workers, and government officials.

His close family members, including his sister Aseefa Bhutto and maternal aunt Sanam Bhutto, also attended the ceremony.

Bilawal joined the cabinet in the third phase of its formation as the earlier swearing-in ceremonies were taken place on April 19 and April 22.

The new cabinet reflects the political mix of PML-N, PPP, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F), Pakistan Muslim League-Q and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM).


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