Darshan Lal becomes first Hindu to become Pakistan cabinet minister in 20 years

The decision was announced on Friday as the new Prime Minister Shahaid Khaqan Abbasi formulated his cabinet.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 6, 2017 5:24 pm
Newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, takes oath from Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain at the Presidential palace in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. AP/PTI

After a span of 20 years, a Hindu politician, Darshan Lal, is set to take the role of a cabinet minister in Pakistan. The decision was announced on Friday as the new Prime Minister Shahaid Khaqan Abbasi formulated his cabinet. According to a government official cited by news agency Reuters, Abbasi has appointed 65-year old Lal to lead coordination between four Pakistan provinces.

Lal reportedly used to practice as a doctor in Mirpur Mathelo town in Ghotki district of Sindh province. Lal was elected to the national assembly for the second time in 2013 on a Pakistan Muslim League (N) ticket under the minority quota.

Meanwhile, Abbasi filled his cabinet with aides and allies of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, aiming to boost the support for the ruling PML-N government just before the 2018 general elections. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath to 47 cabinet ministers in a televised swearing-in ceremony. The cabinet comprises of 28 federal and 19 state ministers.

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. Khawaja Asif, a close ally of Sharif, who had earlier controlled defense and power ministries, was appointed as the Foreign Minister.

According to analysts cited by Reuters, the size of the cabinet has been doubled keeping the upcoming generals in mind. “It’s a massive cabinet. It shows that it’s all about the next election,” Pakistani writer and analyst Zahid Hussain said.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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    Murthy
    Aug 6, 2017 at 11:19 am
    P.a.k.i Sthan has only two percent "Minorities". It is a 98 percent Islamic Country.... So, it is struggling with the FACT that about 30 percent of its population in 1947 were NON-MUSLIMS. about 20 per cent were so even as late as 1958.. Sthan advertise it is NOW very sweet to its Minorities... never mind that in Sindh Hindu girls are kidnapped, imprisoned in Madrassas and then forced to convert and marry some Muslim chap forty years their senior, may be.
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      ginololoya
      Aug 5, 2017 at 3:36 pm
      Can not believe a Hindu in Pakistan's Government.
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        KM
        Aug 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm
        Pakistan has become secular and India is going in other way. Awaiting for Tolerance India where all live peaceful and harmony. Let us throw the dirty politicians (BJP / RSS / Shiv Sena) who wants to do their business in the name of Religion
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          Mukaddam
          Aug 5, 2017 at 5:17 pm
          Pakistan was never and will never be a secular country. It is all about Hindu votes in Sindh Province. A Muslim can never be a secular, NEVER. If a Muslim is secular then he is not a Sharia Muslim. He is a better, tolerant and inclusive person but not a Muslim. A practising Muslim has to be divisive, segregative, profess heaven reserved ONLY for Muslims, cannot accept anybody other than Muhammad as a spiritual Guide/prophet/Master/Guru and cannot accept any book other than Quran as the Holy Book. Above all nothing written in Quran or passed on by Hadiths can be questioned, Seeking beyond Quran is prohibited. Those are FINAL Words, no change, not even an iota. A Muslim can never be secular, NEVER!
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            Murthy
            Aug 6, 2017 at 11:21 am
            Right on the Truth, Mukaddam Brother.....Well Said
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          KP Pillai
          Aug 5, 2017 at 2:42 pm
          IE, CORRECTION PLS..... INDIAN EXPRESS, WRONG PRINTING... LAST PARA, " UPCOMING GENERALS " ???? !!!!! OR UPCOMING GENERAL ELECTIONS IN MIND ???
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            Sumit
            Aug 5, 2017 at 2:06 pm
            After 20 years a Hindu minister!!! Here in India, after breaking Hindu majority Bharat nation in to three parts and two parts were given to RELIGION OF PIECE on the basis of religion and remaining part, India, had been declared as India is under common quota and any religion can take it away. Muslims were President, Vice President, cabinet ministers, Chief Ministers, and even their Khan Cross party ruled this country for more than half a century on behalf of Muslims. This is the story in India. What is for Hindu religion and India?Nothing. Nothing.
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              Murthy
              Aug 6, 2017 at 11:27 am
              I am with you in your anguish Sumit Brother.... Remember it is our own "Name Sake Hindus", but in fact MacCaulay Hindus" who have done this to us..... still doing it..... Media, Bollywood, School books on "Indian" History and so on. We Hindus are like the legend of the frog, first in water at room temperature, then the water is heated slowly, the frog is unaware that soon the water will get so hot that it will die. The FROG DIES, Brother, my prediction so will Hindus of India... BUT it will take another 100 years at least to happen... you and I will not know it... What we do know is that it will happen...such is the rate of Islamic Production that we Hindus cannot keep pace with them.... they will outbreed us...
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              Anmol
              Aug 5, 2017 at 1:52 pm
              World is moving forward, and has accepted the advantage of diversity. Sanghis are taking India back by shunning diversity and spreading hate.
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                KP Pillai
                Aug 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                Consult a psycho.. !!
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                  Mukaddam
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 5:23 pm
                  Yes, he needs to consult a psycho. India reverting to Dharma will be the best thing for the world. Religions are backward looking, stuck in the time and space they were created by magic wand by 'One Supreme Mortal'. All religions (in their true form) are intolerant, segregative, divisive and discriminatory, b ing others kafirs, heretics, pagans, apostates while themselves destined for Heavens (yes, each religion has its own heaven) Ahinsa parmo Dharma Dharma-ahinsa tadaiv chai Read and what is happening today is for the protection of Dharma (that includes all followers of any religion as long as they are tolerant, innately good, not judgmental..... they appreciate the Value of Dharma and are a part and parcel of the Reversion to goodness of dharma)
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                  Partha Majumder
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm
                  in bangladesh and pakistan there is almost no hindu representing cricket team, parliament etc. why ? hindus are not "layek" there ? what common sence says ? can the smell of a rotten egg can be confined by covering with a bowl ? our murkh intellectuals are mostly from hindu community. if higher education destroys basic sence, freeze their certificates.
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                    secure
                    Aug 5, 2017 at 12:06 pm
                    Shame on Modi anhatemonger of Muslim learn a lesson from Pakistan, they just have 2 Hindus and one cabinet Ministry, and in India Muslims are 30 no Cabinet Minister.
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                      G
                      Aug 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm
                      Shame on you. What does it have to do with hate monger? The capable, popular and elected move ahead. Simple as that. You learnt anything else from Pakistan?
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                        Partha Majumder
                        Aug 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm
                        murkh ho to aisa.
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                        Chandu Shah
                        Aug 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm
                        Who is the Vice President?
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