Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will be sworn in as Federal Foreign Minister on Wednesday. He announced it at a press conference after a meeting of the central executive committee of the PPP.
The 33-year-old scion of the Bhutto-Zardari family was the favorite for the coveted post of foreign minister.
The announcement comes days after Qamar Zaman Kaira, head of the PPP and adviser to the prime minister on Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan affairs, in a conversation with reporters in London, confirmed that Bilawal would be sworn in as as foreign minister in a day or two.
A day after apologizing for being sworn in as foreign minister, Bilawal traveled to London where he met Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif during which they discussed the “overall political situation” in Pakistan and vowed to work together on matters relating to politics and the national interest.
The PPP and the PML-N – the two main political parties – were alternately in power when the army was not ruling the country. The mighty military has ruled the coup-prone country for more than half of its 75-year existence.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb had previously assured that the PPP chairman would be sworn in after returning to Pakistan. Kaira told reporters that Bilawal left for Pakistan after holding two meetings with the PML-N supremo to exchange views on political issues, a PTI report citing Geo News mentioned.
The PPP is the second largest party in the current coalition government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, appointed on April 11.
(With PTI inputs)
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