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Cabinet reshuffle: Is the PTI government losing its space?

April 18, 2019
 

PTI chief Imran Khan (C) sits with party leaders Jahangir Khan Tareen (R) and Shah Mehmood Qureshi (L) at the anti-government rally in Islamabad on November 30, 2014. Photo: AFP

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.

Suhail Warraich

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.

Shahbaz Rana

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.

Shahid Latif

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.

Mubashir Zaidi

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.

Mosharraf Zaidi

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.”

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    Anonymous   April 19, 2019 6:50 am/ Reply

    To begin with A SPACE HAD BEEN CREATED FOR PTI we all know that. PTI NEVER HAD AND STILL DON’T HAVE THE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO CAN RUN A GOVERNMENT SUCCESSFULLY. ALL THE PRESENT SENIOR MEMBERSHIP OF PTI IS A COLLECTION OF RUNAWAYS FROM DIFFERENT PARTIES. MOST OF THEM ALREADY TRIED AND REJECTED. IN MY OPINION LET PTI OPEN A NEW CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF PAKISTAN AND IN THE INTEREST OF PAKISTAN .. LET THEM CHOOSE AND APPOINT ANY MEMBER FROM ANY PARTY WHOM THEY THINK AND THE PEOPLE FEEL THAT HE CAN HELP PAKISTAN GET OUT OF THIS MISERABLE POSITION. AT THIS POINT LET ME REMIND THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT PTI TO POWER THAT ” YOU CAN TAKE A HORSE TO WATER BUT YOU CANNOT MAKE HIM DRINK “

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    Syed Arif Hussain zahidi   April 19, 2019 6:54 am/ Reply

    The question now is of PAKISTAN and not of PTI. People should wake up and realize the gravity of the situation.

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    Anonymous   April 20, 2019 12:33 pm/ Reply

    ITS VERY DIFFICULT TO SAY THAT THE CHANGE IN CABINET BY PM IMRAN KHAN IS GOOD OR/? HOWEVER I DO REALIZE MY SELF THAT HE CAN BE ABLE TO MANAGE THE SITUATION IN NEAR FUTURE. INSHA ALLAH. WE MUST WAIT AND SEE WHAT NEW MINISTERS AND ADVISORS CAN DO BETTER FOR THE BENEFIT AND IMPROVEMENT OF DIFFERENT POSTS NEWLY HELD. AS DESIRED BY THE PM AND THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN.WE CAN ACHIEVE OUR GOAL INSHA ALLAH IF WE MUST CO OPERATE TO EACH OTHER AND SERVE THE OUNTRY SINCERELY . S.M. SHAMIM AKHTER NAZIMABAD KARACHI

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