ISLAMABAD – The government on Monday decided to remove Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh from the post of finance minister and replace him with Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz confirmed.
According to Faraz, Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to bring in a new finance team in view of “the inflation that had taken place due to Shaikh’s actions as the finance minister from 2010 to 2013”
“All of you can see the inflation and the rising prices. As you all know these are all due to policies of the previous governments. And so we realised that these are directly caused by Hafeez Shaikh and his policies as the finance minister of the Pakistan People’s Party government,” Faraz told The Dependent.
The Information Minister further revealed that cabinet positions and even membership of the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) are on the line for many, with the PM set to review how those around him performed in their previous parties.
“Science & Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi are especially under the radar,” Shibli told The Dependent.
Babar Awan, Shafqat Mehmood, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Omar Ayub Khan, Muhammad Mian Soomro and Azam Khan Swati, are also under scrutiny, The Dependent has further learnt.
Sources close to the premier have further revealed that an entire party deep performance review of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) has been ordered after PM Khan learnt that these were the same MQM and PML-Q that had existed prior to the PTI’s 2018 election win.