PM Abbasi picks Rana Afzal as state minister for finance

  • Afzal says Cabinet Division to issue notification soon

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has decided to appoint Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislator Rana Afzal as state minister for finance, reported local media.

The appointment comes after Abbasi accepted former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s request to be relieved of his duties leaving the post vacant during the last month.

Dar is facing trial at an accountability court in a reference filed by the National Accountability Burea (NAB) against him for allegedly possessing assets beyond known sources of income. Currently, he is London for medical treatment and has been declared proclaimed offender by the court on not appearing before the court despite summons.

Ishaq Dar declared proclaimed offender in corruption case

MNA Afzal, who currently holds a portfolio of parliamentary secretary for finance, revenue, economic affairs, statistics and privitisation, has himself confirmed his appointment as state minister to the local media. He informed that a notification in this regard would be issued soon by Cabinet Division.

He made his way to the National Assembly after winning elections from the NA-82 constituency, Faisalabad. Earlier, he was a member of Punjab Assembly during 1997 to 1999 and again took part in 2008 General Election.