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Sharif retains defence,foreign affairs portfolio

With Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif deciding to retain Pakistan’s foreign affairs portfolio,former minister Sartaj Aziz will play a crucial role

With Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif deciding to retain Pakistan’s foreign affairs portfolio,former minister Sartaj Aziz will play a crucial role as his advisor in charting a way forward on issues like relations with India and the US.

The Cabinet Division has notified the appointment of the 84-year-old Aziz as Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

Aziz served as both finance and foreign minister in Sharif’s last term as premier in the late 1990s.

Sources in the PML-N said Aziz will play a major role in shaping the new government’s policy for relations with India and the US and for the endgame in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will be the new government’s point man for dealing with law and order problems and a Taliban insurgency,while Power Minister Khwaja Asif has been entrusted the tasking of addressing a crippling energy crisis.

According to a notification issued by the Cabinet Division,Ishaq Dar got finance and revenue,Zahid Hamid was allocated law and justice and Birjees Tahir Kashmir and Gilgit affairs.