Asad Umar, one of the most prominent figures in the PTI fan club, has stepped down as the finance minister and the portfolios of some other PTI members will also be shuffled.
Will it hurt the credibility of the incumbent government? SAMAA TV’s Amber Shami spoke with senior analysts to find out.
A government that can’t perform and please the people is unlikely to complete its five-year term, says analyst Suhail Waraich. “Our people are intolerant.”
The analyst believes that Prime Minister Imran Khan didn’t have any other choice but to sack Umar. “If a person is not performing, then what choice does he have?” Warraich asked.
Senior journalist Shahbaz Rana claimed that Umar didn’t resign, but was asked to leave the post and take another position. “The efforts to remove Umar had been ongoing for the last couple of months,” he told Shamsi.
The journalist said that Umar came under the first serious attack in January this year when Jahangir Khan Tareen introduced an “alternative” candidate. “The PM didn’t like it,” he added.
Defence analyst Shahid Latif believes that appointing Umar as the finance minister wasn’t a very wise decision in the first place. “Asad Umar did not have experience and was untested,” he said.
The senior journalist sarcastically said that the prime minister too appears to be unaware of the name of his next finance minister.
“Those who are criticising him [Asad Umar] had approved of him when he became the finance minister,” Zaidi said. “He took all the decisions with the approval of PM Khan and defended them.”
“Asad Umar was the PTI’s poster boy,” he said, claiming that the establishment wants to run the economic affairs of the country after the PTI government’s failure. “Imran Khan will play it safe now,” Zaidi said, adding that PM Khan appeared to be withdrawing his reformist agenda.
Mr Zaidi said that Asad Umar didn’t have time to take tough decisions. “This government’s failure will result in a serious crisis for the country.”