Asad Umar rejoins federal cabinet as planning minister

Asad Umar rejoins federal cabinet as planning minister

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former finance minister Asad Umar took oath as the minister for planning development and reforms.


President Arif Alvi administered the oath to Umar at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad.

Asad will replace Khusro Bakhtiar, who previously served as the minister for planning development and reforms, however, Bakhtiar will now serve as the federal minister for petroleum.

Earlier, Omar Ayub was handling the petroleum division along with the energy division.

In April, Asad Umar had stepped down as the finance minister, telling a news conference that it was time to take some "difficult decisions" to stabilise the economy.

At the time, Umar had announced that he had obtained Prime Minister Imran Khan's consent "to not take any cabinet position".

It is worth mentioning here that Prime Minister Imran had hinted at some changes in the cabinet, while Umar had also indicated that he might return to the federal cabinet.