Former finance minister Asad Umar on Tuesday reportedly refused to comment on the financial bailout package reached with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the deteriorating economic situation of the country.
According to details, when Asad Umar was questioned about the IMF programme, he simply said, “What does it have to do with me now?”
“Ask me about the prices of Samosa and Pakora,” he said.
Asad Umar said that he is no more a part of the government, he is only a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member.
“So whatever is happening now, ask about it from relevant advisers and ministers,” he added.
Pakistan and the IMF reached an agreement on Sunday under which the Fund would provide $6 billion Extended Fund Facility over the period of three years.
Asad Umar had played an important role in negotiating the deal when he was the finance minister. However, on April 18, Umar announced to quit his portfolio of finance minister after he was told by Prime Minister Imran Khan to step aside due to ‘poor performance’.
The former finance minister was on Monday appointed as the chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue.