Soon after announcing decision oto leave federal cabinet, Finance Minister Asad Umar addressed a news conference and said he will continue to support Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of Naya Pakistan. “Like I have written in the tweet PM is reshuffling the cabinet and told me to take the energy portfolio. In my meeting with him I convinced him to allow me to step down from the cabinet,” Umar told reporters.
“This does not mean that I am not available to support PM’s vision on naya Pakistan,” he added. “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.” “I came here [so] that if I can contribute to Pakistan’s economy. The truth is I don’t know if there is any conspiracy, my captain said I want to see you in this role and I did not think it was appropriate,” he said in response to a question regarding his resignation.
“If I am given a choice to make decisions which cause uncertainty for two-three months or make those which crush Pakistanis then I’m not ready to crush Pakistanis,” he added. Umar further said, “We finalised the IMF bailout on much better conditions.”
Finance Minister Asad Umar on Thursday (April 18) announced that he has obtained the prime minister’s consent “to not take any cabinet position” amid reports of a reshuffle. “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 Imran Khan is the best hope for Pakistan and inshallah will make a naya pakistan”.
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18 August, 2019