Asad Umar says no to PM’s offer to join cabinet–again

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ISLAMABAD: Former finance minister Asad Umar said on Tuesday that he had declined Prime Minister Khan’s offer to join the federal cabinet, again.

Speaking to Dawn, Asad Umar said that he had made it clear to the prime minister in their one-to-one meeting that he would not rejoin the cabinet.

“I have a standing offer to take up the ministry I was offered when I resigned,” he said.

The finance minister had tweeted–when he resigned from the finance ministry–that he had been offered the energy minister portfolio.

Prime Minister Khan had said one day after Asad Umar’s resignation that he would replace all ministers who were not performing up to the mark.

It is claimed that Asad Umar was relieved of his post for resisting the harsh conditions imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

After his dismissal, close aides and ex-officials of IMF were appointed to key positions in the government’s economic team.

When asked whether he would join the cabinet after Ramazan, Asad Umar said lightly,”Ramazan is the month of fasting and prayers. I will concentrate on that rather than running after a seat in the cabinet.”

According to some, Asad Umar was also removed for his views on a tax amnesty scheme. Some reports claimed that the former finance minister had sided with Shah Mehmood Qureshi against Jahangir Tareen.

Jahangir Tareen, in turn, had lobbied against Asad Umar which cost him his position.

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