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Asad Umar to head NA’s Standing Committee on Finance

ISLAMABAD: Former Finance Minister and central leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Asad Umar will head the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved Umar’s appointment as the chairman of the NA’s Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs.

According to sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan has informed Asad Umar of his decision and issued directives to National Assembly Chief Whip Amir Dogar.

At present, PTI MNA Faiz Ullah is the chairman of the standing committee. According to rules, Asad Umar will first be made a member of the committee and then appointed the chairman.

During a meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Parliamentary Party, Prime Minister Imran Khan said removing Asad Umar as Finance Minister was a difficult decision. However, the PM said, he still considers him his right hand.

Sources close to Asad Umar said that he had refused another offer by the party leadership to join the federal cabinet. Asad made it clear to the party leadership and AML chief Sheikh Rasheed that he was in no mood to join the cabinet.

On Tuesday, Asad Umar held a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan. The meeting was part of efforts to convince the former finance minister to re-join the cabinet.