Dr. Sania Nishtar has been appointed as Special Assistant to Prime Minister on social protection and poverty alleviation. She has been given the status of a federal minister. A notification announcing her appointment has been issued.
Dr. Nishtar is already heading the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and the Ehsaas Programme.
A cardiologist by profession, Dr Nishtar has served as a caretaker federal minister during the 2013 interim government and has held several posts in the United Nations and World Health Organisation. The most recent being chair of the United Nationals University International Institute for Global Health (2016-2019) and the co-chair of the WHO’s High-Level Independent Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases (a post she still holds).