President Arif Alvi pledged on Wednesday to PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to join Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet as federal minister.
The oath ceremony was held at Aiwan Isadr, which was also attended by Prime Minister Shevaz.
Bilawal, 33, was elected to Parliament for the first time in 2018. This is the first time he has served as a member of the federal cabinet.
Afterwards, the Cabinet Office issued a notice appointing him as foreign minister.
Bilawal was appointed Foreign Minister and welcomed by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Minister Sohail Mahmood. During his visit, Bilawal interacted with senior ministries.
FM Bilawal also visited the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad. He regretted the loss of his life in a suicide attack outside the Confucius Institute at Karachi University (KU) on Tuesday.
“The relationship between Pakistan and China is a continuum of loyalty handed down from generation to generation.
“The terrorists have failed in their attempt to undermine the foundations of the Park-China friendship,” he said.
His sister Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari congratulated him a day earlier for being sworn in as his foreign minister.
“Today Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will be sworn in as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister in this unified government. [the] PPP CEC (Central Executive Committee) And we couldn’t be more proud of him! He has already excelled in Parliament and has always adhered to his democratic values. I am very happy to witness this path, if God wants it,” she tweeted.
Bilawal also hinted at a press conference yesterday (Tuesday) that he would allocate the Foreign Ministry portfolio and confirmed that he would be sworn in as federal secretary today.
When asked by reporters to comment on foreign policy issues, he said he would soon hold a press conference on the matter.
Background interviews with several PPP leaders had previously confirmed media reports that Bilawal could become foreign secretary, but internal discussions on the matter were still ongoing at the time.
At a press conference yesterday, Bilawal explained the decision to join Prime Minister Shehbaz’s cabinet, saying that “one-sided decision making” is impossible and that all parties must work together to find a solution to the problem.
“We have to understand that this is not an ordinary coalition government, which is the first in Pakistan’s history to be put on the bench of an opposition treasury.
“This is a very big challenge. [and] Everyone has to do their part and share the burden,” the PPP chair added.
As part of the team, he hoped that the PPP’s priorities would sometimes be weighted and other parties’ priorities would take precedence so that they could find a solution together.