Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk takes oath as Federal Minister


ISLAMABAD Jan 09 (TNS): Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk has taken oath as Federal Minister for Law and Justice.

President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath of office to him at a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The ceremony was attended, among others, by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, members of the Federal Cabinet, parliamentarians and senior officials.

Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk a lawyer by profession. The MNA is currently the chairman of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

Virk had run for the seat of National Assembly on a ticket of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) from NA-97 (Gujranwala) in 2002 general elections but remained unsuccessful but he was elected as MNA on a ticket of PPML-N from same constituency in 2008 general elections. He was re-elected as MNA in 2013 elections.

The portfolio of law and justice ministry was lying vacant after the minister Zahid Hamid had to resign under an agreement between the PML-N government and the protesting leaders after the deadly clashes between police and protesters belonging to religious groups in November, 2017.