Reports PM unhappy over Asad Umar's performance refuted

PM Imran Khan had reportedly questioned finance minister’s approach seeking an IMF bailout

News Desk October 12, 2018
PM Imran Khan had reportedly questioned finance minister’s approach seeking an IMF bailout. PHOTO: FILE

Hours after a section of media reported that Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed serious reservations over Finance Minister Asad Umar’s performance, Special Assistant to PM on Media Iftikhar Durrani dismissed the news calling it 'fabricated' and 'baseless'.

According to the reports, Prime Minter Imran had criticised Finance Minister Umar’s approach to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during an informal meeting with senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders.

Durrani said neither such a meeting chaired by the premier took place nor had he expressed such views regarding performance of the finance minister, Express News reported on Friday.

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Umar is a close aide of PM Khan and a senior party leader, who the media advisor said is fully aware of the challenges facing the country. He added that the prime minister had full confidence over the finance minister's capabilities.

The report had also claimed that the premier would take the nation into confidence over the economic policies in next few days.

PTI’s Public Relations chief Azhar Laghari also dismissed the reports in a tweet earlier in the day.

After failing to find alternative sources to bridge a $10-billion financing gap in the current fiscal year, Finance Minister Umar on Monday had announced that Pakistan would approach the IMF for a bailout package – the second in the past five years.

Both Pakistan and the IMF have already covered significant ground during a week-long staff-level visit of an IMF team to Pakistan that ended last week. However, some thorny issues remained to be addressed including the extent of new measures and disclosure of details of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.


Engr.Amir Sultan Rana | 3 years ago | Reply This is not the solution of problems. Prime Minister should take a lead in getting the results from all top heads of the government. Its there work to perform and give substantial results to Prime Minister. The tram selection has been done. Now they should perform accordingly. I am not happy with the results and slow pace of governance at this time. There are so many pertaining matters needs to be discussed at large and need to put forward. Bring financial solutions to the problems. I told you earlier that make a comprehensive economy policy for masses. Involve each Pakistani to become part of this. Give the solutions according to each category. Tell them how to go about it. Prime Minister should tell us good news about the performance of government. Instead of creating more awkward situations, make solutions out of the current scenarios. Once again, I will highlight bring financial solutions with different massive plans. Best of luck Pakistan.
zard | 3 years ago | Reply IK has been pontificating over simplified solutions to complicated problems for years .... now he's discovering that when your bankrupt it's hard to find lenders. Basic stuff that he already knew. It's time to quit the blame game - time to address the hard core issues that might get him disposed.
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