Asad Umar leaves cabinet amidst severe criticism

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ISLAMABAD: on Thursday announced his decision to leave 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 ImranKhan is the best hope for Pakistan and inshallah will make a naya Pakistan,” Umar tweeted. 

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

On April 15, it was reported that a major reshuffle was on the cards in the federal cabinet. Sources had informed that a reshuffle was expected in the Ministry of Finance after talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded.

The reports of the reshuffle were denied by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. “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. 

Umar’s announcement comes after he revealed earlier this week that Pakistan would sign a bailout agreement with the IMF that would be worth $6-8 billion.

During the press conference, Umar, who kept an upbeat demeanour, said he was asked to take the energy portfolio following a reshuffle in the cabinet.”I met the prime minister this morning and convinced him that I did not want to take any portfolio,” said the PTI leader, who served as finance minister for eight months.

In response to a question about the earlier reports of reshuffling in the cabinet, he said: “I was first told [about this portfolio change] last night.”