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Asad Umar resigns, decides not to take any cabinet position

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Asad Umar has resigned as a Minister of Finance today after the cabinet reshuffle. He was offered energy ministry but he instead decided not to take any cabinet position.

In a tweet, Umar wrote, “As part of a cabinet reshuffle PM desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance. However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position. I strongly believe @ImranKhanPTI is the best hope for Pakistan and inshallah will make a naya Pakistan.”

Reportedly, Shaukat Tareen will replace Asad Umar as finance minister.

The news of cabinet reshuffle was earlier denied by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary as he tweeted that there was no truth to the news of cabinet reshuffle and “media shall play a responsible role” while disseminating information.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority had issued show-cause notices to ARY News and Bol News for airing fake news regarding the reshuffle in the cabinet and change in the portfolios of some federal ministers.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf government has been deliberating on tax Amnesty Scheme with majority of cabinet opposing it for contradictory to core values of the party. Fawad Chaudhary, after the cabinet meeting, convened by Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that some provisions of scheme needed “fine-tuning” and matter was deferred for the time being.