Asad Umar bids farewell to federal cabinet, steps down as finance minister

ISLAMABAD: In a breaking development, Asad Umar a core member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf announced his decision to leave the federal cabinet.


In a tweet from his personal account, the ex-finance minister said: “As part of a cabinet reshuffle PM desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance. However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position. I strongly believe @ImranKhanPTI is the best hope for Pakistan and inshallah will make a naya Pakistan,” Umar tweeted.

It was reported on April 15th that in Cabinet’s reshuffle, the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan decided to hand over petroleum portfolio to Asad Umar, however later the government’s spokesman, Fawwad Chaudhry dismissed the reports.

.”There is no truth in reports regarding changes in posts of federal ministers. The prime minister has the power to change ministers and the media should play a responsible role on this subject,” Chaudhry tweeted.

“Pakistan is going through an important phase and such speculations create confusion which is not beneficial for the country,” he added.

Following his tweet, Umar addressed a news conference in which he stressed his support for Prime Minister Imran Khan despite stepping down as finance minister.

“This does not mean that I am not available to support PM’s vision on naya Pakistan,” Umar said.

According to Umar, tough decisions were taken to overcome the economic crisis in the country and his replacement would be taking over a difficult job.

“This is the most difficult job after the prime minister. There is no doubt that we are moving towards prosperity but tough decisions need to be taken,” he added.


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