Pakistan Gets New Foreign Minister, Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir

Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan was given the additional portfolio of Foreign Ministry on Friday

May 12, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has been appointed the country’s new foreign minister following the disqualification of his predecessor Khawah Asif, state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) reported on Friday.

Khan, a senior parliamentarian from the northeastern Gujranwala district, will likely hold the top diplomat’s post for less than three weeks, as the current government of the right-wing Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz group) is set to complete its five-year tenure on May 31.

For the remaining period he will continue to hold the defense ministry portfolio as well, PTV reported.

Asif was disqualified by the Islamabad High Court earlier this month for failing to disclose a United Arab Emirates work visa he was holding as paid management consultant.

Dastgir was given the post of Defense Minister in August 2017 when Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi formed a new Cabinet following Nawaz Sharif’s ouster.

The PML-N lawmaker served as the Minister for Commerce from 2014 to 2017.

Dastgir studied engineering at California Institute of Technology and economics at Bowdoin College, Maine, before being elected to the National Assembly in 2008.

After getting re-elected to the National Assembly in 2013, he was appointed as Minister for State for Science and Technology, Minister of State for Privatization and Minister of State for Commerce until he was made Minister for Commerce in 2014.

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