23-member Punjab cabinet takes oath

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Ajmal Jami in “Nuqta-e-Nazar” covered these topics:

• The 23 members of Punjab cabinet took oath today here in Punjab Assembly whereas interim Punjab Governor Chaudhry Pervez Elahi administered the oath.

Aleem Khan, who has been appointed senior minister, will also serve as local government and community development minister. Mian Aslam Iqbal has been given the portfolio of minister for industries and commerce.

Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed, who served as opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly, will serve as minister for housing, urban development and public health engineering.

• In his first address to the Senate, Prime Minister Imran Khan stated the West deliberately hurts sentiments of the Muslim World via such sacrilegious content. “In West, such appalling acts are performed by those who hate Muslims and Islam”, Khan told the House.

Regretting absence of a strategy on the issue by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Khan added Pakistan would leave no stone unturned to bring all Muslim countries on the same page on issue of sacrilegious caricatures.

• Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Dr Arif Alvi, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman, who has been fielded by the grand alliance of opposition parties, submitted their nomination papers for the presidential election on Monday.

Earlier today, opposition parties except PPP decided to field the JUI-F chief for the post of the country’s president as the deadlock persisted over the nomination of Ahsan for the post.

The three presidential candidates submitted their nomination papers in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) as the deadline ended at noon.