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Here’s how Pakistanis react to Asad Umar stepping down as finance minister

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.

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:

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.

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