Hammad Azhar given economic affairs following Hafeez’s reservations

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ISLAMABAD: The portfolio of federal minister for Revenue Division has been taken back from Hammad Azhar a day after he was appointed to the position. Azhar has now been appointed the federal minister for Economic Affairs Division, according to a notification issued by the Cabinet Division.

On July 8, a notification issued by the Cabinet Division had revealed that Azhar, the former minister of state for revenue, had been appointed the federal minister for Revenue Division. Azhar’s ascension had meant that Dr Hafeez Shaikh, the adviser to the prime minister on finance, revenue and economic affairs, no longer held the portfolio of Revenue Division adviser.

President Dr. Arif Alvi administering the oath of the office to Muhammad Hammad Azhar as Federal Minister at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on July 08, 2019.

However, in a “partial modification” of its July 8 notification, the Cabinet Division on Tuesday announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan has now appointed Azhar as the federal minister for Economic Affairs Division, while Dr Shaikh has been restored to the office of Revenue Division adviser.

Dr Shaikh will no longer hold the office of adviser to the prime minister on economic affairs.

As per the latest update, Azhar and Dr Shaikh hold the following offices:

  • Hammad Azhar: Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Division
  • Dr Hafeez Shaikh: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue with the status of Federal Minister

The change in Azhar’s role came after Dr Shaikh expressed reservations over the withdrawal of the Revenue Division portfolio from him.

Hammad Azhar’s elevation In June, Azhar had presented the PTI government’s first annual budget in the National Assembly.