Asad Umar hints at further reshuffle in federal cabinet

Asad Umar hints at further reshuffle in federal cabinet

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): After announcing his decision to step down as finance minister, Asad Umar has hinted at further reshuffle in federal cabinet during the coming days.

Addressing a news conference here on Thursday, Asad Umar thanked PTI supporters especially the youth and party volunteers on social media. “I would also thank the NA-48 people for showing patience and to complaining that I was occupied with the ministry.”

He said tough decisions were taken to overcome the economic crisis in the country and his replacement would be taking over a tough job.

“This is the most difficult job after the prime minister. There is no doubt that we are moving towards prosperity but tough decisions need to be taken.”

Umar stressed that if these decisions were rushed, the country would once again face economic upheaval.

Earlier the day, Asad Umar announced to leave finance ministry after being offered the portfolio of energy ministry but he turned down the offer and decided to quit 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 @ImranKhanPTI is the best hope for Pakistan and inshallah will make a naya Pakistan,” Asad Umar said in a tweet.

The move comes days after the PTI government denied rumours of a major shuffle in the federal cabinet.