SM Qureshi dropped as Pakistan foreign minister

A new, smaller group of Cabinet ministers took an oath of office Friday in Pakistan, where the ruling party recently agreed to shrink the prime minister’s circle of advisers to save the cash-strapped country some money.




The swear-in ceremony was carried live on state-run Pakistan Television, and most of the incoming ministers appeared to be holdovers from the previous Cabinet dissolved earlier this week. Notably absent was the former foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani presided as about 20 officials sat around a table designated for the new Cabinet — though it was not immediately clear if that will be the final number of members.

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