Hina Pakistan’s first woman FM

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Hina Rabbani Khar became the country’s first foreign minister as Acting President Farooq Naik administered oath to her at a simple ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday.
The oath-taking ceremony was attended by ministers, parliamentarians, federal secretaries, diplomats and senior officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
On the advice of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, President Asif Ali Zardari had decided to elevate Hina as federal minister. Hina took oath as the country’s twenty-sixth minister of foreign affairs. She has the distinction of being the youngest and first woman foreign minister of the country. Hina will proceed to Indonesia later this week to lead the Pakistan delegation to the 18th ASEAN Regional Forum where she is expected to have meetings with Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi, and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
On her return, Hina would proceed to India for the ministerial-level dialogue where she would interact with her Indian counterpart SM Krishna. After removal of former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in February this year, the Foreign Ministry was being run on an ad hoc basis by the government and Hina who was the minister of state for foreign affairs. However, special support by Gilani and President Zardari’s obsession of appointing women to important government slots helped Hina’s elevation to the top slot of the Foreign Ministry.
Uninterrupted dialogue: Later, in a meeting with Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal, who called on the new foreign minister at the Foreign Office, Hina said the Indo-Pak dialogue process should be uninterrupted, uninterruptible and result oriented. She expressed satisfaction over the resumption of the dialogue and progress made so far in the peace process, according to a Foreign Office statement. She said the dialogue process should help build trust between the two neighbours.
Hina said ensuring cooperative relations with regional countries was at the forefront of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Sabharwal said the Indian external affairs minister looked forward to Hina’s visit to India. He agreed that the dialogue process was as much about building trust as about resolving all issues.

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  1. No problem whosoever the new FM is.We have the super -duper,the ever best,most competent ,most powerful person without his nod no can think ,act to guide and dictate the new immature,inexperienced,lady FM.Our President could be the best man to stear our foreign affairs besides every single feature of our national life to destruction.

  2. Hina Rabbani Khar, was Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz choice. This govt inherited her and the Lady has charmed the PM with whatever skills she has, to become a Foreign Minister. She has been the State Minister for Foreign Affairs and under her watch, this country has sufferred isolation of the worst kind. In any case our President has been touring the whole world, dealing with foreign relation matters, more than dealing with real problems of the people of Pakistan. So why have a FM.

  3. A prominent American Embassy diplomat hosted the Gay & Lesbian party in Islamabad. They must have been charmed with this appointment. It is not an issue of gender bias, because that is the issue. The issue is that American decide what is moderation or terrorism in Pakistan. Killings in Karachi are not an isue for them, because that is in accordance with their plans. A US Navy commander was sacked for indiscipline under the influence of alcohol, because they don't want their navy to deteriorate and requires their commanders to display better behaviour than their subordinates. But when it comes to Pakistan, they have no problems serving alcohol, or holding gay and lebian parties, although such activities are not allowed in their host countries. Let me also state here that Pakistan respects and accepts the status of KHUSRAS, and our Supreme Court has given them a right to have their seperate identity, because in their case it is a birth defect that they had.

  4. Gender cannot get in the way of competence. But the social perceptions attached with and the prejudices held against the member of any particular group (in this case the females) can lead other members of the society to create hindrances in the way of that individual to fulfill his/her duties.

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