PM approves Asad Umar’s appointment as NA body chief

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to the appointment of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MNA and former finance minister Asad Umar as chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance.
The premier has directed Amir Dogar, the Chief Whip, to handover new responsibilities to Asad Umar.
According to the regulations, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Member National Assembly (MNA) and former Finance Minister will first be nominated as a member of the committee, and will then be appointed as the chairman.
It is worth mentioning here that Imran Khan had met Asad Umar on Tuesday (yesterday) to ponder over the matters related to his return in the federal cabinet.
Asad Umar was picked by Imran Khan to improve the economic affairs of the country after PTI came to power by winning the general elections in 2018.
The PTI MNA from Islamabad stepped down as the country’s finance minister last month after PM Imran asked him to take the portfolio of petroleum, which he declined and opted to quit the federal cabinet.
“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,” Asad Umar had tweeted.
Subsequently, PM Imran Khan appointed Dr Abdul Hafiz Sheikh as Finance Advisor for the betterment of poor economic situation.
Lately, the premier in his statement on the cabinet reshuffle said the former finance minister would re-join his team of ministers soon.
Talking to journalists at the Prime Minister’s Office, he described the reshuffle as a change in ‘batting order’.
The prime minister said that Umar would be back in the cabinet. “Asad Umar is intelligent and he is precious [asset]. He will return to the cabinet soon,” Khan said. – NNI

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