Asad Umar returns to federal cabinet as planning minister

The government, while making a reshuffle in the federal cabinet, has decided to appoint Asad Umar as Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives while Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar as Petroleum Minister.

This was stated by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan in a tweet today.

She said as part of an expansion in the cabinet, Khusro Bakhtiar, who was until now serving as the minister for planning and development, will be made the federal minister for petroleum.

The petroleum and natural resources portfolio were held by Ghulam Sarwar Khan until the cabinet reshuffle in April.

It is not clear what portfolio Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the current minister for petroleum and natural resources, will be assigned.

A notification announcing the latest changes will be issued soon, Awan added.

PTI resolute Asad Umar had stepped down as the finance minister in April, telling a news conference that it was time to make some “difficult decisions” to stabilize the economy.

At the time, Umar had announced that he had obtained Prime Minister Imran Khan’s agreement “to not take any cabinet position”.

Prime Minister Imran had in October hinted at some changes in the federal cabinet after some leaders, during a meeting of the PTI parliamentary party, complained about “non-cooperation” of some ministers in addressing people’s grievances.

Prime Minister Imran has repeatedly stressed that he will continue to review the portfolios assigned to ministers and advisers based on their performances. “Those who will not deliver will be removed,” he said on one occasion.

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