Now Reading: Jahangir Tareen Had Asad Umar Removed From Finance Ministry: Fawad Chaudhry
Fawad Chaudhry – Federal Minister for Science and Technology – has claimed that Jahangir Khan Tareen was behind the removal of Asad Umar as Finance Minister. In a startling statement, the senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader said that Tareen removed Umar from the finance ministry using his influence. Furthermore, Tareen was later ousted from the party when Asad Umar regained foothold within the party.
The federal minister went on to say that Jahangir Tareen had lobbied against Asad Umar which led up to his resignation as the finance minister in April 2019. He added that after getting appointed as a federal minister again, Asad Umar made sure to remove Jahangir Tareen’s influence on the party’s politics and its decision making.
Interview With Voice Of America
In an interview with Voice of America, Fawad Chaudhry remarked on the reforms that the government aimed to bring in the country and how the infighting in the party, mainly between Asad Umar, Jahangir Tareen and Shah Mehmood Qureshi affected the party in a negative manner. Here’s what he said in the interview;
“There was a lot of expectation from PTI and Imran Khan. The public had not elected us or the prime minister to fix nuts and bolts but to reform the system. When the Panama case was resolved I and few others had a chance to speak to Imran Khan and at that time I felt his ideas were very clear when it came to reforms.
Though as soon as the PTI government was formed, quarrels among Qureshi, Umar and Tareen began. Tareen used his influence to get Umar removed from the Cabinet and later Umar got Tareen out. We tried very hard to get their issues resolved, but they still haven’t. When the political vacuum was created, it was filled up with new people who were not from politics. You can’t excel when your foundation is shaken. So when your core team was disturbed, it was filled with new people who were frankly not aligned with ideas and won’t be and don’t have the capacity to either.”
Expressing his views on the PM himself, Fawad assured that ‘there is no leader like Imran Khan in the Muslim world’. Though, he admitted that the appointed team, which was hand-picked by Mr. Khan himself, affected the implementation of the PM’s vision. He said;
“The best people should have been there [appointed to government positions] but it affected the way things were.”
What are your thoughts on the federal ministers statements? Tell us in the comments below!