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Finance Minister Asad Umar resigns amid IMF-bailout talks

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Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar has decided to step down from Imran Khan’s cabinet. The PTI politician, who won twice consecutively from Islamabad’s NA-53 constituency, Tweeted about his decision ending the speculations that started earlier this week.

Asad Umar’s resignation has created a new debate on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s plans to take a bailout package from International Monetary Fund (IMF), something Imran Khan himself was not in favor of prior to the elections.

Asad Umar’s decision has come amid economic crisis and months before PTI government’s first-ever federal budget expected in June this year.

The former Pakistani Finance Minister appeared in a press conference an hour after he Tweeted about his decision to leave the position.

“I told Imran Khan that I wouldn’t continue to be part of the cabinet,” said Asad Umar talking to reporters in Islamabad

“The next budget will be a difficult one,”

“No one should expect from the new finance minister that things could be better in three months’ time,” he added.

Pakistan 27/7 Staff keeps you updated with the breaking news and the latest stories from around Pakistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan devastated on the death of Naeemul Haque

Prime Minister Imran Khan says he is devastated on the death of his oldest friend Naeemul Haque.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan says he is devastated on the death of his oldest friend Naeemul Haque.

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Senior PTI Politician Naeem ul Haque Passes Away at the age of 70

Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan and senior PTI politician Naeem ul Haque has lost his battle against cancer and passed away in Karachi at the age of 70.

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Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan and senior PTI politician Naeem ul Haque has lost his battle against cancer and passed away in Karachi. He was 70.

Earlier, he was shifted to Aga Khan University Hospital deteriorating health.

Naeem ul Haque served as the Special Assistant on Political Affairs to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Pashtun Activist Manzoor Pashteen Arrested ahead of a planned rally

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Pashtun Tahafuz Movement’s leader and activist Manzoor Pashteen has been arrested ahead of a rally that was planned to be held on Monday.

According to a report by DW, Manzoor Pashteen, who is has come to the spotlight for his criticism of the Pakistani military, has been arrested on charges of “disturbing public order”.

The 25-year old Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader was arrested late on Sunday from the Shaheen Town area of the northwestern city of Peshawar, according to police official Nabibul Khan.

According to Dawn, the party has been particularly critical of the army’s policies in the country’s tribal belt, where an operation against terrorists was conducted. The PTM has also pursued the release of individuals detained without due process.

Manzoor Pashteen speaking to a Pashtun Tahafuz Movement rally
From archives: Manzoor Pashteen speaking to a Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) rally.

Dawn reported that Manzoor Pashteen was sent to Peshawar’s Central Jail on a 14-day judicial remand by a magistrate hours after he was arrested from Peshawar.

a case was registered against the PTM chief at the City Police Station in DI Khan on Jan 18 under sections 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 120-B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 124 (sedition), and 123-A (condemning the creation of the country and advocating the abolishment of its sovereignty) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Sources: Al-Jazeera, DW, DAWN.

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