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Shaukat Tareen more likely to be made PM Imran Khan’s aide on finance: sources

Pakistani banker and former finance minister Shaukat Tareen
Pakistani banker and former finance minister Shaukat Tareen is more likely to be made Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aide on finance and income.

In response to the sources, Tareen — who attends vital conferences of PM Imran Khan’s finance and financial group — would possible be appointed particular assistant to the premier or his finance adviser.

Nevertheless, the ultimate choice on whether or not he can be appointed as a particular assistant or adviser can be made by the premier himself, the sources added.

Alternatively, prime officers of the PTI regime have contacted Tareen, who stated he “is able to immediately work with” the federal government however has requested for 15-20 days’ time to “take care of one thing he is busy in”, the sources added.

One suggestion, in line with the sources, is that Tareen may work with Hammad Azhar — who was given the portfolio of finance ministry a day earlier along with serving because the federal minister for industries and manufacturing — on technical and coverage issues.

The sources additionally stated it was advisable to have Tareen contest the Senate election as nicely.

Azhar was appointed as the brand new finance minister on Tuesday, the Cupboard division confirmed by a notification, along with his portfolio of the ministry of industries and manufacturing.

PM Imran Khan had conveyed to former finance minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh to step down from his function, with Azhar saying he was “honoured to be entrusted with the extra cost”.

The event had come after PPP chief and former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani defeated Shaikh for the Islamabad basic seat in Senate elections 2021.