Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan accepted the resignation of former finance minister Asad Umar, and appointed Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh as Adviser on Finance, an official notification said on Friday.
Arif Alvi president of Pakistan also approve the appointment of Abdul Hafeez Shaikh as adviser to the prime minister on finance, revenue and economic affairs with the status of a federal minister.
|Source : Dawn|
As per notification, the newly-appointed adviser on finance will also have the charge of Revenue and Economic Affairs division.
Amir Mehmood Kiyani Health Minister , who had also been in problems due to a recent controversy over increase in prices of medicines, was also removed from his position.
Fawad Chaudhry handed over Ministry of Science and Technology, whereas Ijaz Ahmed Shah has been appointed as the interior minister.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan appointed minister for aviation while Shehryar Afridi has been handed over the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), Azam Swati has been appointed as federal minister for parliamentary affairs.
The three notifications, for the resignation, new appointment and removal, were issued side by side by the Cabinet Division later in the day.
The cabinet overhaul comes hours after Finance Minister Asad Umar stepped down from his post.
Umar announced earlier in the day that he will no longer be part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s 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,” he tweeted.
Umar, the former CEO of Engro, was handpicked by PM Khan as the finance minister to improve economic affairs of the country.