Pakistan names first Hindu minister in government for more than two decades

Source: Independent

BY Jeff Farrell

A Hindu politician has been ushered into the highest level of government in Pakistan for the first time in more than two decades in the predominantly Islamic country.

Darshan Lal landed a place at the top table in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party after a cabinet reshuffle by new prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

The former doctor rose up the ranks after being elected to the national assembly for the second time in the south Asian county in 2013, running for a seat reserved for minorities.

Mr Lal will head coordination between four Pakistani provinces, a government official said.

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