PM approves Asad Umar as chairman standing committee on finance

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed former finance minister Asad Umar as the chairman for National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs.

This was revealed by sources, claimed a report on Geo News. According to the report, Asad Umar has been informed about his role as the chairman of the standing committee.

The former finance minister will first be made a member of the committee and then he will be appointed as its chairman.

The report stated that the prime minister had also informed National Assembly chief whip Amir Dogar of his decision. PTI MNA Faizullah is currently the chairman of the standing committee on finance.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said during a meeting of the PTI’s parliamentary party that removing Asad Umar from the cabinet was a difficult decision.

“However, I still consider him my right hand man,” he said.

The former finance minister had held a one-on-one meeting with the prime minister. Prime Minister Khan had tried to persuade Umar to rejoin the federal cabinet.

Asad Umar, however, had said no to the prime minister and said that he would serve the government as an MNA.

Asad Umar’s resignation

Asad Umar announced his resignation last month via a tweet. In the tweet, Asad Umar said that he was asked by the prime minister to take up the energy portfolio in the cabinet shake-up.

“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,” he tweeted.

However, Asad Umar had chosen to decline the prime minister’s offer. A few days after Asad Umar was sacked, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh was appointed as Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance.