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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Dr Faisal Sultan as his Special Assistant on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination with the status of federal Minister on Monday, few days after Dr Zafar Mirza resigned from the office.

The PM's Office stated on Monday that "Prime Minister has been pleased to appoint Dr Faisal Sultan as Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, with immediate effect and Dr Faisal will hold the status of federal minister." Dr Faisal has also served in Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, Lahore and has been in the prime minister's team since the Covid-19 spread in the country. He has also been attending meetings of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) along with Asad Umar Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiative on Covid-19, according to reports.

On July 29, Dr Zafar Mirza announced his resignation and it was accepted by the Prime Minister Imran Khan and subsequently a notification for acceptance of resignation by the prime minister was also issued by the Cabinet Division. The resignation of Dr Mirza led to speculation as to whether he resigned as special assistant to prime minister on health or was forced to do so for the reason best know either to him or prime minister.

The notification issued by the Cabinet Division for acceptance of Dr Zafar Mirza;s notification read that in exercise of the powers conferred by Rules of Business, 1973, the Prime Minister has been pleased to accept the resignation tendered by Dr Zafar Mina from the post of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations.

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