Finance Minister Asad Umar has chosen to step down in the midst of reports of cabinet’s reshuffle and an International Monetary Fund (IMF) manage Pakistan on Thursday (yesterday).
“As part of a cabinet reshuffle PM [Imran] desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance. However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position. I strongly believe @ImranKhanPTI is the best hope for Pakistan and inshallah will make a Naya Pakistan,” he said in a tweet.
As part of a cabinet reshuffle PM desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance. However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position. I strongly believe @ImranKhanPTI is the best hope for Pakistan and inshallah will make a naya pakistan
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) April 18, 2019
Later, during a news conference, Umar confirmed that he had indeed stepped down as the finance minister but this did not mean he would stop supporting the prime minister’s vision of a Naya Pakistan.
Politicians and journalists were quick to react to this major change in the government and what it means for the government of Imran Khan.
Soon after the resignation of Finance Minister, the matter became a trend on Twitter and many leading politicians, celebrities, civilians and journalists reacted to the matter in their tweets:
No need for revenge. Just sit back and wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw themselves up and if you’re lucky, God will let you watch.
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) April 18, 2019
It’s not your failure , isn’t it the failure of the government ?
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) April 18, 2019
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) April 18, 2019
If PTI’s and Asad Umer’s policies were so good, and the problems were from PMLN government,then why was he asked to step down.This is an admission by IK that his polices have created an economic crisis in Pakistan. the real problem is not Asad. It is the PM.@pmln_org @PTIofficial https://t.co/GYIhL9qPue
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) April 18, 2019
Twitterati you are on fire today. Want to retweet all the tweets.
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) April 18, 2019
For 8 years Imran khan presented Asad Umar as the answer to Pakistan’s economic woes… in 8 months, Imran khan is not satisfied with his own answer..
— Shahzeb Khanzada (@shazbkhanzdaGEO) April 18, 2019
In olden days when a minister is not performing well, the minister was replaced with yet another ministry while @Asad_Umar did the most respectable thing, his area of expertise wasnt in the offered ministry by the PM so he resigned, its that simple #AsadUmar
— Dr Bilal Imtiaz (@drbilal_20) April 19, 2019
someone lover of #AsadUmar, updates Cabinet division list.. 😀
— Muhammad Owais ???????? (@xmowais) April 19, 2019
The msg is loud & clear: No matter how big of a name u r in the party, no matter how close u r to PM Imran Khan, if u can’t deliver as expected, U GO! PAKISTAN se ziada important koi nahi. BRAVO to #AsadUmar & soon othr cabinet members for being graceful abt this.
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) April 18, 2019
Attack in #Ormara #Balochistan is definitely a bigger news than #AsadUmar stepping down as #FinanceMinister but media would probably ignore it while doing newsprograms tonight. My request: don’t neglect them. Talk abt solutions, push for betterment. Innocent blood awaits justice
— SYEDA TUBA AAMIR (@TubaAtweets) April 18, 2019
In cricketing terms, Asad Umar was batting too slow, making no runs and captain feared he might cause several run outs. So, Asad was recalled as retired hurt.
— Salman Masood (@salmanmasood) April 18, 2019
Later on Thursday’s (yesterday) evening, A notification issued by the PM office said Fawad Chaudhry has been allocated the portfolio of minister for science and technology while Ghulam Sarwar Khan would serve as the minister for aviation.
Moreover, Ijaz Ahmed Shah has been notified as Minister for Interior; the portfolio was earlier retained by Prime Minister Imran Khan.