Supporters of ousted Pakistan PM welcome him in Islamabad

Shahid Khaqan led cabinet would be comprising on 43 ministers including federal and state ministers while appointment of advisors and special assistants has yet to take place.

For the first time in 20 years, a Hindu has been inducted in Pakistan Cabinet.

Abbasi's government issued portfolios to the new ministers hours after Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath of office to the ministers — all considered Sharif loyalists — at a ceremony attended by diplomats, bureaucrats and senior military officials.

65-year-old Darshan Lal is a doctor from Sindh's Mirpur Mathelo.

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. The cabinet comprises of 28 federal and 19 state ministers.

According to a participant of the meeting, the former prime minister expressed concern over "selective accountability" of his family and said he was happy over the fact that he had not been disqualified on charges of corruption or for receiving kickbacks.

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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif claimed on Monday that the decision to disqualify him had already been made before the court verdict, only a reason was being sought to go ahead with it. Khurram Dastagir Khan has been appointed as the country's new defense minister, while Ishaq Dar, a close relative of Sharif, has been retained as finance minister. PML-N had set records of public service and all projects carried out under the supervision of Nawaz Sharif had served the interest of common man, he added.

However, the powerful former interior minister Nisar Ali Khan has been excluded from the new Cabinet as he refused to join due to differences with the party leadership.

He stepped down almost an year before Pakistan would have participated in the scheduled general elections.

The PML-N has chose to file a review petition against the verdict.

When a journalist asked him whether he would provide his pone for forensic test, the cricketer turned politician said the burden of proof lies on the accuser, departure from his earlier stance which he adopted during the course of Panama Papers case hearing.

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