October 18, 2021 (MLN): The government has appointed Shaukat Tarin as Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue with the status of Federal Minister with immediate effect.
To recall, on April 16, Prime Minister Imran Khan had appointed Tarin as the finance minister in a federal cabinet reshuffle, replacing Hammad Azhar, only a few weeks after he was given the portfolio.
According to the law, Shaukat Tarin needed to be a member of parliament within six months in order to retain his position as Federal Minister, but the government had failed to elect him as a Member of the Parliament within the stipulated time-frame of six months, which ended on Saturday. Thus, there was no other option left for the government but to appoint Tarin as Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue.
Meanwhile, it is worth mentioning that with the appointment of Adviser to PM on Finance and Revenue, Shaukat Tarin will not be able to chair any cabinet committee meeting such as the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet, Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC), Cabinet Committee on Privatization (CCOP) and others.
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