Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he will ask Asad Umar to rejoin the cabinet because it will benefit the cabinet greatly.
During a meeting at Bani Gala on Saturday, PM Khan praised the former finance minister and said he is a good man who we hope will rejoin the cabinet. Umar announced on Thursday that he was resigning as finance minister.
He told party leaders that there were no permanent positions in the government – you either worked for the people or you went home.
PM Khan expressed his satisfaction with the chief ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab and said they will continue working on their posts.
The country is in a critical situation right now and we need to control it, he said. Once the economy stabilizes, everything will be fine, said the premier. Praising the new adviser on finance, he said Hafeez Sheikh is a capable man and economic expert.
PM Khan also praised Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed.
The meeting was attended by Rashieed, Umar Ayub, Murad Saeed, Usman Dar, Iftikhar Durrani, Nadeem Afzal Chan, Khusro Bakhtiar, Hamid Azhar, Mirza Shehzad Akbar, Faisal Javed, Umer Cheema, Faisal Vawda and Firdous Ashiq Awan. Missing was former information minister Fawad Chaudhry, who received an invitation but chose to skip the meeting.
Ghulam Sarwar and Shehryar Afridi, both of whom were asked to leave their ministries for other portfolios, were also absent.
After the meeting, Awan, who has been appointed the premier’s adviser on information, replacing Chaudhry, spoke to the media and said Ayub will be given the additional charge of the petroleum ministry.
Without the opposition, the democratic process is incomplete, she said, adding that they should give suggestions on how to improve the country’s situation. We will deliberate on their suggestions and take the opposition on board with us as we go forward, said Awan.
But if the opposition tries to hijack parliament, there will be problems, she warned.
The premier wants the people’s issues to be resolved and to do that he has issued some directives to the finance adviser, she said. He wants the Ramazan package to provide the maximum relief to the people, she said.
Awan added that the premier will inaugurate the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme in Quetta tomorrow (Sunday), after which he will fly to Iran and China.