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Chaudhry: Tareen was behind Asad Umar’s removal from Federal Cabinet

Science minister speaks about politics within PTI

SAMAA | and - Posted: Jun 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
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Posted: Jun 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

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Federal Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry claims Prime Minister Imran Khan’s close associate and PTI leader Jahangir Tareen was the reason why Asad Umar stepped down as the finance minister in April 2019.

Asad Umar, who is the current federal planning minister was initially appointed as finance minister in August 2018 when the PTI came into power.

However, a few months later, PM Khan reshuffled his cabinet and Umar stepped down. He was reportedly asked to take over the energy ministry but he declined and resigned from the post.

In November 2019, Umar returned to the Cabinet, but this time as the planning minister.

In an interview with the Voice of America on Monday, Chaudhry revealed that there are rifts among Tareen, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Umar. He said the difference between them hurt the party and forced the PTI’s “political class” to part ways.

“As soon as the PTI government was formed, quarrels among Qureshi, Umar and Tareen began. Tareen used his influence to get Umar removed from the Cabinet and later Umar got Tareen out,” said Chaudhry.

“We tried very hard to get their issues resolved, but they still haven’t.”

This void then was filled by those people, he says, who had no idea about politics and were very new to the party. You can’t excel when your foundation is shaken, he said.

Chaudhry then compared the PTI leadership to Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, when they were in power.

“How could you think of civilian supremacy with such leadership?” the PTI leader asked while speaking of his party. “As for Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, they chose weak people for government posts because their aim was to bring their own children to the centre stage.”

Chaudhry remarked that Imran Khan’s vision was opposite of it, but somehow he ended up appointing weak people as well and this decision has hurt Khan the most.

On Tuesday, Information Minister Shibli Faraz was asked on SAMAA TV‘s programme Naya Din about Chaudhry’s statements, to which he responded that he had no clue about this affair.

“Fawad Chaudhry is a close friend of mine. He has a style of his own, but no.. I don’t have the details of any such scenario.”

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