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After Babar – Chandio becomes new law minister

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari, on advice from Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, on Friday appointed Senator Maula Bukhsh Chandio law minister after Dr Babar Awan vacated the seat on April 13.
Despite his appointment Chandio may not attend the Judicial Commission’s meeting at 10am today (Saturday) as the oath-taking ceremony is unlikely to be held before the start of JC meeting. Talking to Pakistan Today, president’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said on Gilani’s advice, President Zardari had appointed Chandio law minister.
“Notification in this regard will be issued soon but he (Chandio) can attend the meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan once he takes oath as now he is minister-designate,” he said.Babar said if the oath-taking ceremony was held before the JC meeting, Chandio would attend it “but the government has complied with the SC orders and filled the vacant seat before time”.
Awan had resigned to plead the reference filed by President Zardari under Article 186 of the constitution to revisit the murder trial of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Zardari also appointed Farooq Awan, Babar Awan’s brother, adviser to law minister. On April 14, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had asked the government to fill the vacant ministerial slot to ensure that the Law Ministry was represented at the JC meeting on April 16 (today).

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