Pakistan: Zardari appoints Chandio as law minister

Pak Prez appointed Moula Bakhsh Chandio as law minister on the advice of PM.

Last Updated: Apr 16, 2011, 12:19 PM IST

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday appointed lawmaker Moula Bakhsh Chandio as Pakistan`s law minister in the wake of the resignation of previous incumbent Babar Awan.

Awan, a lawyer, resigned earlier this week to represent the government in a hearing in the Supreme Court regarding a review of the death sentence awarded to former premier Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the founder of the ruling Pakistan People`s Party.

Chandio, a member of the Senate or Upper House of Parliament, was appointed law minister by the President on the advice of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

Chandio will take oath as a federal minister on Sunday.

The appointment was announced following a meeting this evening between Zardari and Gilani.

However, Chandio is expected to hold the post only temporarily as Awan is likely get back the post of law minister once the hearing in the apex court ends.

During their meeting, Zardari and Gilani also discussed the political situation and the Premier`s visit to Afghanistan.

Gilani also informed the President about his telephonic conversation with his British counterpart David Cameron.