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Pakistan

March 31, 2021

Shaukat Tareen 'ready' to be PM Imran's finance aide but after 15-20 days

Pakistan

Wed, Mar 31, 2021
Pakistani banker and former finance minister Shaukat Tareen. The News/via Geo.tv/Files

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan may appoint Pakistan's former federal minister and renowned banker, Shaukat Tareen, as his aide on finance and revenue, Geo News reported citing sources.

Tareen — who has attended the important meetings of PM Imran Khan's finance and economic team — has agreed to take up the role but has asked for "15-20 days'" time to join.

While the development is still in the works, the premier himself would make the final decision on whether the former finance minister would be appointed as a special assistant or adviser.

On the other hand, top government officials contacted Tareen, who said he was "ready to directly work with" them but sought 15-20 days' time to "deal with something he's busy in", the sources added.

One recommendation is that Tareen could work with Hammad Azhar — who was given the portfolio of finance ministry a day earlier in addition to serving as the federal minister for industries and production — on technical and policy matters, the sources added.

It was recommended to have Tareen contest the Senate election as well, the sources added.