ISLAMABAD: Today, the federal government has issued notice of appointment of Minister of Industries Hammad Azhar as new Minister of Finance. Imran Khan government has given the additional charge of SAPM on Petroleum to Tabish Gohar who has been acting as SAPM on Power. Hammad Azhar will assume additional charge of Finance ministry as he will continue to act on his existing portfolio of Minister of Industries and production.
Yesterday, former Minister of Finance Hafeez Sheikh was asked by the Prime Minsiter Imran Khan to step down. Federal Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz told media that Prime Minister Imran Khan had decided to remove Sheikh from the post of finance minister. He cited growing inflation as a cause of the removal of Hafeez Sheikh. “PM Imran wants to bring inflation down in the country”, he told.
Last week, the PM asked special assistant on petroleum Nadeem Babar and the secretary petroleum to step down in order to ensure transparency in the fuel crisis probe. After that, the Cabinet division, yesterday, notified Nadeem Babar’s removal as SAPM Petroleum.