Zahid Hamid inducted to federal cabinet as climate change minister


ISLAMABAD: Former Law Minister Zahid Hamid took oath as federal minister for climate change at a ceremony arranged at the Presidency on Tuesday.
President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath to Hamid, who had relinquished his post as the federal law minister last year after a special court hearing the treason trial against former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf named him as one of the abettors of the former president.
The ceremony was attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, parliamentarians and other high ranking officials.
In its ruling, the court had directed the government to include Hamid as one of the co-accused alongside former PM Shaukat Aziz and former CJP Abdul Hameed Dogar.
At that time, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had dismissed speculation that Hamid’s resignation came in the wake of the inclusion of his name in the charge sheet.
But days later, Hamid’s resignation was accepted by premier Nawaz Sharif.
PML-N’s Mushahidullah, who was the former minister for climate change, had been asked by the premier to give up his portfolio earlier this year after the former made ‘inappropriate’ remarks relating to the army and former ISI chief Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam.