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Tareen opens up about campaign against Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) stalwart Jahangir Khan Tareen took to Twitter on Sunday to “vehemently” condemn a social media campaign against former finance minister Asad Umar.

“I vehemently condemn [PTI social media activist] Farhan Virk’s campaign against Asad Umar. Asad & I have struggled together against the status-quo for more than 8 years & I hold him in the highest regard,” he said.

The PTI leader said Umar continues to be part and parcel of the senior PTI leadership as they all value his role.

Asad Umar stepped down in a cabinet shuffle on Thursday. The government named Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, a former World Bank official who served as finance minister from 2010-2013, as adviser on finance, replacing Umar.

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Umar, one of Khan’s most powerful ministers, had been entrusted with the task of negotiating the long-delayed bailout with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the country’s cash-strapped economy faces a balance-of-payments crisis.

“As part of a cabinet reshuffle, PM desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance,” Asad Umar had tweeted.



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