Govt refutes reports of changes in cabinet

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday rubbished reports of a cabinet reshuffle, saying that any such changes would be announced by the government.

Reports began circulating Monday morning about a possible reshuffle in the post for Minister for Finance and Minister of State for Interior held by Asad Umar and Shehryar Afridi respectively.

Although Chaudhry did not address the specific changes reported in the finance and interior portfolios, he tweeted that there is “no truth to reports circulating regarding changes in the cabinet”.

“To change ministers is the prime minister’s discretionary right,” he added.

Later, while speaking to reporters in Islamabad, Chaudhry said “Reports on the performance of ministers have already reached Prime Minister’s Office,” he said. “Ministers are ministers because the prime minister is satisfied with them.”

“The prime minister has the authority to make any changes. Changes of this sort will be announced,” he added.

Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul also denied reports of Umar’s removal and said, “Asad Umar is not being replaced as finance minister. The ‘news’ peddled about him leaving is fake. Reporters must exhibit professionalism and not forward unverified news.”

According to the reports, it is expected that the posts and ministries of certain ministers will be changed as part of the reshuffle. Major changes are expected in the Ministry of Finance and the Federal Board of Revenue.

A reshuffle is expected in the Ministry of Finance after talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) conclude,” they further said. “The head of FBR may be changed,” reports added.

A reshuffle is also expected in the Ministry of Petroleum.

Reports also claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan is also expected to appoint a minister of interior.