Pak Affairs

Hina Rabbani elevated as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday approved a summary to elevate Hina Rabbani Khar, minister of state for foreign affairs as a full-fledged foreign minister ahead of crucial talks with India next month, official sources said.

Khar, 34, is the daughter of veteran politician Malik Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar and the niece of former governor Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar. She was a member of the PML-Q party during former military ruler Pervez Musharraf ‘s regime and joined the ruling Pakistan People’s Party ahead of the 2008 general election.

The slot of federal foreign minister was vacant since previous incumbent Shah Mahmood Qureshi was removed during a cabinet reshuffle in February. The move to appoint a full-time minister for the foreign office has gained urgency as talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan are going to be held at end of this month in New Delhi.

The summary to appoint Hina Rabbani Khar as federal minister for foreign affairs has been dispatched to Presidency for approval. After approval of summary by the President, Hina Rabbani Khar would take sown as federal minister in a special ceremony to be organized in the Presidency.-Online

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