ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in consultation with the party leadership, has designated Chaudhry Muhammad Bashir Virk as the new federal law minister.

He will take oath of his office on Tuesday (today). The slot of the federal law minister fell vacant after Zahid Hamid resigned over the changes made in the declaration about the finality of prophethood of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in the process of amendment made in the Elections Act 2017 to pave way for Nawaz Sharif to become the party head after his disqualification by the apex court.

While stepping down as federal law minister, Zahid Hamid made it clear that he is resigning as the minister to bail out the government from the prevailing crisis otherwise he had nothing to do with the changes made in the oath about the finality of prophethood of Muhammad (PBUH), which, according to him, was approved by the parliamentary committee.

Virk was elected a National Assembly member from Gujranawala and is a senior lawyer. Currently, he is heading the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice.