Islamabad: In one of his first decisions after assuming charge, Pakistan's new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has changed the name of his office.
    
"Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has decided to rename the Prime Minister's Secretariat as Prime Minister's Office with immediate effect," said a brief statement issued by the premier's media office.

Nasir Mahmood Khosa, a senior bureaucrat from Punjab province, has been appointed the Secretary to the Prime Minister. Fawad Hassan Fawad was appointed the Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister.
    
Sharif was formally elected as Prime Minister by the National Assembly or lower house of parliament yesterday. He was sworn in hours later by President Asif Ali Zardari.

The Pakistani Taliban has issued at least two videos in which they threatened to kill Musharraf for carrying out operations against militants during his rule. The anti-terrorism court has scheduled the next hearing of the case against Musharraf for June 6.
    
Prosecutors have so far submitted an interim "challan" or chargesheet against Musharraf and a copy of this will be provided to the former President's lawyer, officials said.
    
Musharraf was arrested soon after he returned to Pakistan from self-exile in late March to lead his party in the recent general election. He is facing charges over the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation and the imposition of emergency in 2007.
    
A court has also barred Musharraf from contesting elections for the rest of his life. His All Pakistan Muslim League party has said Musharraf will remain in the country to face the charges against him.

(Agencies)

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