Three things Asad Umar failed at that cost him his job

He didn't have a robust plan, didn't partake in the politics of the job and ultimately lost the prime minister's trust.
Updated 27 Apr, 2019 08:10am

He came, he saw, but he was unable to conquer. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) opening batsman, the promised messiah who would cure all that ails the sick man of South Asia, is out of the picture after just eight months.

As the dust settles following the cabinet reshuffle, the dream of a Naya Pakistan, where the economy breaks free from the straitjacket of vested interests, lies dead and buried.

Before discussing what went wrong, a brief explainer: Pakistan’s finance ministers are more accounting ministers than finance ministers, for their job is to simply balance the books without rocking the boat too much. The nature of the country's political economy is such that the man in charge — and it usually is a man — must curtail deficits while protecting the purses of the powers that be, both civilian and military.

What adds further complexity is that the finance minister (in name only) does not have a strong political foundation to stand on and is given this position mostly because he has the trust of the prime minister or non-democratic forces, both domestic and international.

Failure on three fronts

To succeed in this environment, the first thing the finance minister must have is clarity of purpose and an acute awareness of Pakistan’s political economy. This is especially true when the minister belongs to a party that has promised to bring about a Naya Pakistan and has had years to prepare for the job.

The minister must develop a strategy based on accurately assessing what is and is not possible given the composition of interest groups within one’s own party, the demands that will be made by others who supported the party’s rise to power, and the overall terms and conditions that are likely to be imposed by international financial institutions that always play a key role bailing out an economy hemorrhaging foreign reserves.

The second key to success is the minister's ability to anticipate and blunt the political maneuverings of those who may be opposed to his vision and strategy. In a crisis-like environment, he must push through policies that will hurt the status quo's beneficiaries who have brought the ruling party to power and who are unlikely to keep quiet as the finance minister goes about his business.

Finally, the minister needs to maintain the complete and unwavering trust of the person who has put him in charge: the prime minister. It is this trust that shields the finance minister from vested interests, both within and outside the government.

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Even a perception of mistrust or distance opens the doors for others to whisper in the prime minister's ears — and once there is an opening, it does not take long before the relationship weakens and collapses. When push comes to shove, the prime minister has to stand up and support, both in public and in private, the policies being enacted by his finance minister.

Asad Umar fell short at all three of the above: he did not have a robust plan ready for execution, he did not partake in the politics of the job, and he ultimately lost the prime minister's trust.

The coming economic crisis was being talked about as early as 2017, meaning that Umar had at least a year-and-a-half to prepare. During that period, he should have devised a short- and medium-term economic framework, educated Imran Khan and the core PTI team about what had to be done as soon as they came to power, and developed a strategic communications plan to engage with Pakistanis who would have to bear short-term pain as the economic stabilisation measures were taken.

Governments around the world, especially democratically elected ones, make their boldest and toughest economic decisions in the first six months. This honeymoon period gives them the cushion to make choices that will be unpopular at first but will pay dividends by the time the next election comes.

The PTI did not have such a plan, which meant that it wasted time and political capital as the finance minister deliberated what to do about the economy.

Umar, in his own words, was not interested in the politics of his job — he said this himself at his last press conference. This gave his opponents room to plot against him. The whispers within and outside the party grew, with new rumours of his ouster emerging with every passing week.

A strained relationship

The relationship between Khan and Umar began to decline almost immediately after the PTI took office.

As the shadow finance minister, Umar had not prepared Khan for what lay ahead, and this was evident from the latter's simplistic rhetoric on the campaign trail about how the economy could be fixed.

This meant that Khan had to make one about-face after another after winning the elections, starting with the decision to go hat in hand and seek financial assistance from allies like Saudi Arabia. This would have surely caused some strain between Umar and Khan, as the latter had vowed not to go abroad and "beg" for money.

That the relationship was not going well was also evident when the rupee depreciated. Umar informed the public that the government was aware of the State Bank’s decision; Khan told journalists that he did not know of the move.

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Another u-turn that Khan had to make was around the tax amnesty scheme. A vocal opponent of tax amnesties during his time in the opposition, Khan was now convinced by his financial team, led by Umar, that the PTI government had to offer another such concession to the elites.

Trade and industry associations began going directly to the prime minister with their demands, something that further eroded Khan’s confidence in Umar.

As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) negotiations dragged on and economic indicators worsened, something had to give, and Umar’s opponents, both inside and outside the PTI, sharpened their knives.

The trip to Washington was the final nail in the coffin. Umar’s failure to make progress, as well as a reported snub from the US Secretary of the Treasury and the IMF's managing director, sealed his fate.

Masters of the balancing act

Ishaq Dar and Miftah Ismail’s time as finance minister stands in stark contrast to Umar’s brief stint at the helm of the economy.

Both Dar and Ismail had a plan and stuck to it: Dar had to balance the books and create fiscal space for Nawaz Sharif's big public infrastructure projects, including major investments in power production; Ismail had to prepare the economy for a soft landing while priming the developmental pump ahead of elections.

They were also reasonably adept at playing politics, using their own networks within the ruling party, as well as their proximity to the prime minister, to blunt their opponents' maneuverings while showing flexibility in the give and take that is common in Pakistan’s political economy.

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And finally, they had the prime minister's complete trust (Sharif trusted Dar almost to a fault) which gave them immense operating space despite the many constraints all finance ministers face.

This does not mean that the previous two finance ministers before Umar did not play a role in enabling the current economic crisis; I have written numerous critiques of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's economic policies. The purpose here is to show why they were more successful than Umar at holding on to their jobs and executing their party's economic vision.

The PTI leadership may want to learn from them, lest they repeat the same mistakes, leading to a further deterioration of Pakistan's economy.


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Uzair Younus is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC.


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Haider
Apr 25, 2019 05:06pm
An excellent analysis with clear thoughts and logical conclusions.
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OBM
Apr 25, 2019 05:40pm
No. Such a simplistic analysis ignores a whole host of issues and boils it down to Asad Umar not knowing how to manage the politics. It also remains ignorant of the fact that perhaps its the first time that we have a prime minister that is not bound by traditional family politics and is not afraid to change a cabinet member that he feels is not performing.
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marz
Apr 25, 2019 05:45pm
who are you to judge?
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Raju Nair
Apr 25, 2019 05:53pm
Good economist never make good finance minister.
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Agrippa - the Skeptic
Apr 25, 2019 06:08pm
One can fault AU as much as one likes but the buck starts and stops with IK. 1). The cumulative burden accumulated over decades of mismanagement has reached a level no accounting minister can balance. 2). IK has kicked US of A in the teeth all his political life, this took away the only resource every Pakistani Government had for a softer landing of the crumbling economy. 3). AU perhaps never had a chance against IK’s rhetoric of suicide before IMF, I would wager IK defined the boundaries and AU was asked to deliver with in them. 4). It was not a relationship of equals. IK set the pace (expectations if you like) all others had to deliver, it had never had a relation to reality. Nope, the ball is with IK and IK ONLY.
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Suhail
Apr 25, 2019 06:25pm
There is a difference between the economic condition now and the one of yester-years. Pakistan cannot survive anymore with the prevailing population explosion, a culture of entitlement, and such a poor economy as it is now.
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Majeed at Thani
Apr 25, 2019 06:39pm
Our learned writer is Washington-based so can be forgiven for putting the cart before the horse. Let's make no mistake about it. Our so-called democratic forces brought us to this pretty pass. Bringing in another person wedded to the Western corporate culture was really not the solution. I, for one, can only shed one tear for Asad Omar's departure. And that too only because he seems to be a gentleman.
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Shabbir Ahmed
Apr 25, 2019 06:45pm
I feel, problem was and still is with the PM himself. He is a simpleton with zero experience of managing anything, not even his house-hold, what to speak of governance of the trouble-some country which Pakistan is. Added to it is the Khan's inability and unwillingness to learn, no Finance Minister other than Asad Umar could make him grasp the gravity of the situation and the remedy to the malaise. And Asad, wrongly dubbed as the fixer of economy and herald Naya Pakistan exhibited more of comic rhetoric than hard core understanding of the financial/economic mess the country was in when they took over. A really sad saga for the nation!
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Shaikh Abdulla
Apr 25, 2019 06:53pm
It is wonderful explanation. I admire author make it so simple. Even in India, I rate Finance minister performance average. He had karishma, trust and backing from Mr Modi, hence he could reasonably perform. Also, Indian finance institutions ensure FM stick to guidelines e.g. borrowing money from RBI was pushed back. I see in Pakistan that SBP is used as back pocket. Anyway, always good to learn from wherever you can
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Abdul Muqtadir
Apr 25, 2019 06:55pm
Maybe he was after taxing Agriculture Lands and Sugar. The powerful Landlords pushed him out.
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Adnan A.
Apr 25, 2019 07:10pm
How can he prepare when real data was hidden by the former ruling parties.
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Dev Mehta
Apr 25, 2019 07:14pm
As the shadow finance minister, Umar had not prepared Khan for what lay ahead, and this was evident from the latter's simplistic rhetoric on the campaign trail about how the economy could be fixed. Having waited for the PM as long as he did - over two decades - it's a bit hard to believe that IK did not know that the promises he was making to the public before his election could not be fulfilled. And, the that habit is still there. In his speeches, he is more often in election mode than not.
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mustafa
Apr 25, 2019 07:15pm
Never in Pakistans history did we know 7 months in advance who will be finance minister. Asad failed miserably and showed his complete lack of grace and character in the NA the other day. Still wanting to play politics he went on to trash the PPP without even feeling ashamed the person he trashed has now replaced him. we shall see how he stands up to Hafeez Shiekh in parliment or is he the ideology of PTI all talk and no responsibility
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Awais Hafeez
Apr 25, 2019 07:39pm
To be frank, it is a Airy fairy analysis. As they " One for the birds"
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Do Good
Apr 25, 2019 07:47pm
It is not not just Asad's fault. He is under tremendous pressure. Government is jumping the gun and trying to fix everything in one shot. There is no perfect solution where business mafias control everything and dirty politics is a daily affair even within the same party. Mind the fact that a technocrat who has no comprehension of reality of PK's business mafias intertwined with dirty politics that include corruption, nepotism, favoritism will eventually fall into the downward spiral of disaster. Furthermore, PM cannot achieve short-term economic goal while going head-on against political and business mafias. He needs to prioritise the problem and address the life-threatening condition first and later other things.
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Ahmad Malik
Apr 25, 2019 08:40pm
You are off by 2 miles - the idea was not to hold onto the job mate. It's a mess - the only thing which could be a problem was the amnesty but that cannot be grounds for dismissal.
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yaar heman
Apr 25, 2019 08:41pm
in the analysis imran khan is sown as utterly naive and hence not suitable to be prime minister,
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Vikas
Apr 25, 2019 09:09pm
The ideal Finance Minister as described here is impossible to find in Pakistan. I don't think anyone is really fit and knowledgeable in Politics and economics.
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MirzaCanada
Apr 25, 2019 09:29pm
Asad Umar did not have idea about the vested interests of the invisible forces. He even could not manage the visible ones. Therefore, his exit was inevitable. Unless, the present advisor would serve them better, he will be shown the door as well. In Pakistan, too many powerful quarters to play the match with at the same time.
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Just Saying
Apr 25, 2019 09:32pm
It is hard to steer a ship that has a hole in the bottom and the Captain thinks that loading more cannons is the answer.
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hamza
Apr 25, 2019 09:38pm
Think he got pushed out by political mafia. It is unfair to compare Umar with Dar and Miftah. Former is sincere and patriotic while the later are from the party of looters. I hope and wish Umar hangs around and gets another opportunity. There are only few sincere people in IK's party and Umar is one of them.
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Jay Chan
Apr 25, 2019 09:57pm
Quite an insight ... loved it My interests in general are about reading strategy games, not specific to any particular country. I do find analysis/reporting of various spectrum of topics (e.g. politics, defense, economics) in Pak, more available online than any other country I know of
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Aziz Khan
Apr 25, 2019 10:10pm
The analysis lacks substance and only scratches the surface. There was more to Asad Omar's removal than the 03 factors. What matters the most is I.K's exemplary leadership and taking bold decisions.
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N. Rahim, Toronto
Apr 25, 2019 10:18pm
When you try to simplify things more than they should, you come across analysis like the one here. Asad Umar was just doing fine. The rhetoric's of not trying to "adjust" now to have a better tomorrow killed him. The opposition being as bad and selfish as they are took the opportunity. As for the people, the mass is uneducated, so they do not understand the difference between science and politics.
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TruthBeTold
Apr 25, 2019 10:18pm
The real reason why he failed is because he was the Finance minister of Pakistan.
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consider this
Apr 25, 2019 10:46pm
@Raju Nair, "Good economist never make good finance minister." Wrong. Manmohan Singh was an excellent finance minister.
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Sehar
Apr 25, 2019 10:46pm
What if IK didn’t want to listen or act on prudent choices ? Can’t blame Asad for that
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Bilal Khan
Apr 25, 2019 10:50pm
Basically Ishaq Dar and Ismael were crooks and good at cooking the books while Umar was not hence he failed.
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Ismail
Apr 25, 2019 10:52pm
A concise analysis but paints Asad Umer in broad strokes as mentally unprepared for the burdens of the job. Too early to form such analyses, and he is not alone in coming to the table unprepared for his role. Naivety would discount other lurking factors such as resistance by status quo elements, factionalism inherent in our society, and extreme impatience due to the very poor management of expectations by the 'savior' of Pakistan, Imran Khan, with his 90 day miracle still awaited.
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Syed
Apr 26, 2019 01:09am
the author mentioned dar and Ismail successfully executed PML N "economic vision". what was the vision? care to elaborate? Its definitely naive piece of writing without any facts and figures. the article puts the entire blame on Asad Umar who is not solely responsible. the economic crisis in Pakistan dates back to 70's and it will take decades for anyone to fix it.
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Masud
Apr 26, 2019 01:35am
1) No plan survives contact with enemy. 2) You can not please everyone. 3) Losing a job does not mean losing a cause.
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Masud
Apr 26, 2019 01:36am
@Raju Nair, he was not an economist.
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Masud
Apr 26, 2019 01:38am
@Majeed at Thani, well said
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Rehmatullah
Apr 26, 2019 02:08am
@Just Saying, *It is hard to steer a ship that has a hole in the bottom and the Captain thinks that loading more cannons is the answer.* Great analogy. Great comment. Something that the article and all other commenters are glossing over...
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Bilal Kaifi
Apr 26, 2019 02:10am
Celebrities should not be confused with expertise. An economist needs the education, experience and integrity to succeed.
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Adnan Shaikh
Apr 26, 2019 03:31am
Your definition of 'success' is just somehow lasting in the job. I don't think that is an appropriate benchmark for any analysis.
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Chinpaksaddique
Apr 26, 2019 04:24am
Asad failed to understand the geopolitical strategic planning of PMIK as PMIK is far too smart for AU to understand. That’s the reason he failed
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jaredlee007
Apr 26, 2019 06:20am
It is unfair to compare Asad to other corrupt finance ministers. Asad's challenges were way tougher than those of previous ministers. Yes, Asad could not control inflation and common people suffered, however, I believe any other minister would have experienced what Asad faced. I'd not call this Asad's failure. Instead, it is the failure of key institutions that they could not support Asad the way they should have. Business associations, State Bank, etc. should have focused more on patriotism than on their personal interests. One minister can't change the system, people in the system need to take responsibility. Hope Asad learnt from this experience, which was not a failure.
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Masroor
Apr 26, 2019 08:27am
Most important of all the dude lacked credentials and requisite expertise!
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Billu Singh
Apr 26, 2019 08:56am
@Raju Nair, Yes and Asad Umar was neither.
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El Cid
Apr 26, 2019 09:27am
Imran Khan's loss!
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Mansoor
Apr 26, 2019 10:01am
@marz, the ultimate sufferers
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Shahzada Khan
Apr 26, 2019 11:10am
@Adnan A., .. come on dude.. it's not a private school even private schools data are safe , you are talking about a country , to remind you , this country doesn't belong to PMLN or any other political party .. u can not go away with such important data as simple as u think... Thanks
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Kamal Khan
Apr 26, 2019 12:50pm
One government bash the public due to their "right" of corruption and another in the name of honesty, Pakistani people didn't feel any change so far when it comes to their expenses vs livelihood.
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Mohd
Apr 26, 2019 01:06pm
Ishaq dar acheived artificial stabilty by burrying pakistan under the loan of more than 100 billions dollars
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Habib A. Zuberi, Phd retired prof of Econ.
Apr 26, 2019 02:55pm
@Shabbir Ahmed, If he is a simpleton then brilliant guys like you should come forward and show the path for progress.
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Habib A. Zuberi, Phd retired prof of Econ.
Apr 26, 2019 03:02pm
@Agrippa - the Skeptic, some of the criticism is valid and I hope PM look at it in a poitive way. Also Qameeze shalwar is good at home, dress more formally when he goes to office and meets foreign dignitaries.
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Habib A. Zuberi, Phd retired prof of Econ.
Apr 26, 2019 03:04pm
@Shaikh Abdulla, well stated.
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Sami Ullah
Apr 26, 2019 04:35pm
Lets be fair. It all boils down to CORRUPTION over decades that eventually made us poor as a nation and such menace cannot be fixed over an eight months stint. Countries in the region (Asia) with low natural resource base are more prosperous than us and thus our fault is CORRUPTION that is the mother of many economic ills and not names under a post!!!!
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Dr. Doctor
Apr 26, 2019 05:03pm
Predictions of his and especially PTI's failure were thronging but the party's able social media had it all suppressed. This is not the only setback that befell his party and Pakistan. There are more to come and it won't be long before PTI will lose it's credibility once and for all.
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Fida
Apr 26, 2019 05:03pm
Preparing plans in advance is not PTI style. I remember way back when Musharaf was planning to hold election in Pakistan. I joined PTI and actively participated in the party work and ask if PTI has any program on education and health. The response from a President of the district was "let us first come into power and than we will work on the plan".I was so disappointed with the answer that my response was that western democratic parties makes plans decade in advance and not wait for the election victory. So disappointed I was that I quit the party after one year of active participation.
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Ali
Apr 26, 2019 05:16pm
Very Informative, thank you. "The purpose here is to show why they were more successful than Umar at holding on to their jobs and executing their party's economic vision." But this statement doesn't make sense. If Umar failed for the country, and Dar, and others succeeded for the party then Umar is not a failure.
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Dasti
Apr 26, 2019 05:20pm
Stick to their job? What kind of strategic consulting is it..
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Ukasha Rajpoot
Apr 26, 2019 05:50pm
The writer had different thoughts but good enough. Pakistan as a country and we being citizens are so not into work mode that eventually everything collapses. We are simply not a very serious nation and take it easy on everything. Instead of seriously working on structuring and restructuring loans we take more loans and high interest rate and then keep paying back. We never thought of getting out of debt and we will remain in debt as long as we do not change. Asad Umar is a simple honest person and an average joe so the complexity of our system requires more lies than honesty to deliver which evidently he failed. Oh well we get what we want and I am very optimistic nothing will change on this part of the earth.
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Do Good
Apr 26, 2019 07:14pm
One more thing - PM should stay away from Trumpian philosophy of personnel attacks on opposition. No matter what, this kind of attack will badly affect the new generation.
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Zeeshan Ahmed
Apr 26, 2019 07:25pm
Pretty premature and melodramatic to say "naya Pakistan dream is dead" after only 8 months. The batting order is being changed, Asad Umar was not fired, he was offered a different position which he declined.
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khan
Apr 26, 2019 08:12pm
I think the most important thing was he didn't satisfy the "umpire".
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Owais
Apr 26, 2019 10:30pm
Will IK have the trust upon and understanding with Hafeez Shaikh, whom he does not know personally and even never met ? How that trust and understanding gap will bridge ?
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Awais
Apr 26, 2019 11:15pm
@Bilal Kaifi, he had all three. Look at his resume.
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jagmohan trivedi
Apr 27, 2019 01:09am
Laying blame on the door step of Umar is not difficult,as he is already out.The structure of Pak's economy was very critical much ahead of PTI's coming in power.If Imran Sahab has had made big promises that he would not seek any doles from foreign countries,even IMF. that by controling corruption and making corrupt to immediately gorge out ill gotten wealth, and within say 3 months without NRO,were in reality big claims.It was very much clear that rupee was weak,export earnings low and looming fiscal deficit,were or still daunting situation. The fact of matter is even if Umar has projected all these shortcomings and planned for its amelioration before becomingFM,it needed much more than few months,govt's good decions take a lot more time to fructify.No magic wand readily available as ever. Any way past can't be recaptured,ground work done should facilitate the work for new lncumbent under direct watchful eye of PM and Amnesty must be taken in good spirit as it may provide some relief if successful.Good wishes welcome,not hallowed overconfidence.
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Dr Asif
Apr 27, 2019 02:39am
The author is right
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khan
Apr 27, 2019 02:54am
He was not capable for the said position. Increased prices of almost every thing without consultation with others. Excise duty on cars increased by 10% by great Asad Umer.
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Meesaq Zaidi
Apr 27, 2019 07:04am
Asad Umer inherited a collapsed economy beyond his expectations. PTI internal politics added salt to injury.
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Judge
Apr 27, 2019 10:51am
Nice factual article. FM role is very limited as he has no control on demand from Defence ministry (as defence budget was increased by 20% even in current situation), debt payment and interest has to be paid, government employees has to be paid. What is left is around 8-10% of the total budget? What any FM can do?
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LAHORI KID
Apr 27, 2019 11:05am
@OBM, Change after a year? Stop giving Imran Khan credit where its not earned.
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LAHORI KID
Apr 27, 2019 11:09am
Imran Khan made the decision to appoint Umar as the Finance Minister, he should have take the blame and not start reshuffling all the ministries just to save face. This whole reshuffle was to cover up his own deficiencies as a politician. Imran Khan may be a great motivator, a people's leader, but he is not a good manager, a good and balanced leader. Imran Khan may be a visionary, but he has shown that he is not good enough to run a country.And this is coming from a guy who has supported him since day 1
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LAHORI KID
Apr 27, 2019 11:17am
@mustafa, It wasn't lack of character as you put it, he spoke the truth, he showed the history, the numbers, you're juts not used to real numbers, real truth, that's all. Don't go calling a decent guy names. That's not playing politic, its called protecting your honor and what you stand for. You don't have to agree with Omar in finances, but you got no right to trash the guy. And on top, not a single time I read you holding Imran Khan responsible, it starts and ends with Imran Khan, welcome to the real world sir.
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Arun
Apr 27, 2019 02:22pm
China is solely to blame. Huge trade deficit over ten billion a year with a Pakistan and $50b with India is wrecking local industry. IMF is not going to hand over money unless China starts importing more , tens of billions more from India and Pakistan.
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ExMohajirinUK
Apr 27, 2019 07:18pm
This is what happens when people are selected based on their loyalties rather than their brains, remember Atif Mian ???
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Suchbaath
Apr 27, 2019 08:20pm
Article soounds Imran never talked to his team members their strategy how to handle #1 issue of PTI gets into power. If so, then blame goes to PTI Chairman that he was not serious getting in to power.
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PakiSatani
Apr 28, 2019 01:45am
Asad Umar's big mouth got him fired. One just doesn't go to western press, like BBC and lecture/taunt the USA about its debt to China, especially, when you are begging the USA/IMF for a bailout. Asad Umar was given audience by junior level clerks in while he was in Washington to negotiate with IMF. Asad was shown his place and the door!! On top of that the finance minister doesn't know the difference between Pakistan's debt and USA's debt, which is US treasury and Bonds held by world and china. If china doesn't like US debt, she can sell it in open market, there are plenty of buyers, the entire world is ready to buy US bonds and treasury, especially at discount!!
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Habib A. Zuberi, Phd retired prof of Econ.
Apr 28, 2019 01:57am
Enough is enough. He is neither a fool nor a dis-honest person. His approach did not work or did not find enough support, therefore, he decided to resign. An honest thing to do. I am sure he has learned a lot and at some later time he may be available to do something good for the country.
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Ahsan Gul
Apr 28, 2019 02:18am
Younus indeed your article points the realities, shortcomings and expectations from the country and political system. No way, anyone can compare our economy to some other big western economies. At least western countries do not have or allow the amount of corruption that PTI has inherited. The most other visible difference we cannot say that PTI is fully free to include IK to make independent decisions. But guys like you can offer their services voluntarily or may be paid to PM for Pakistan is your country too. At last Pakistan is free from dictatorship and some signs of democracy are there to build on a great country and good advice without losing ego will benefit millions of our countrymen. Sincerely
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HIKMATULLAH BABU SAHIB
Apr 28, 2019 11:36am
Reading his face and the body language I felt that he is a man who focused on the long term prosperity and is oblivious to the short term challenges, as such is unable to rein in those vested interests within his party and those who have a stake in Pakistan's political economy. There is a lot of over confidence in his appearance and bodily movements. He might have thought that being an oil executive of an Exxon affiliate he can push things around with an air of overpowering stature he so ably wielded due to his closer contact with the PM. He may be best suited as one of the many advisers the PM can listen to. But being an Exxon-linked man I will take his advise with a pinch of salt. The Nya Pakistan must root out such subversive attachment to US interest at the expense of Pakistani interest. Pakistan had enough of US meddling. Time has come to take an aggressively independent approach to handling Pakistan's future that is free from foreign meddling in internal affairs.
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kantharia
Apr 28, 2019 02:18pm
a newly married house wife took eight months to learn " no money no honey" simple as that.
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Mahmood
Apr 28, 2019 02:21pm
Oh please! How misplaced are the priorities of this journal, that two weeks after the short-lived stint of Asad Umar as the FM of Pakistan we are still talking about what he failed to do? Why not publish an entire dossier on Ishaq Dar and how he helped the Sharif family steal billions from Pakistan, left the country with a huge debt to deal with and bolted to the UK just before his arrest? IK and Asad Umar were left to deal with the corrupt legacy of Ishaq Dar and NS and everyone somehow, expected these two to fix everything that the previous duo did wrong - all in a few months, when the nation cannot even produce enough foreign cash reserve to service the crushing debt they inherited from the PML-N thieves! Give the man some credit for even having had the stomach to accept a difficult role, that may never get fixed for the next 10 years, considering the magnitude of the problem and limited resources of the government.
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Last Word
Apr 28, 2019 02:31pm
Asad Umar who was sent as an opening batsman and expected to hit a century on a totally worn out pitch can hardly be blamed for his non-performance. Chances of Asad's replacement giving a better performance than him are extremely remote as ground conditions have become even worse than before.
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Pride
Apr 28, 2019 03:10pm
He made a statement in March during Malaysian PM's visit which costed him his office.One should not exceed his domain.
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javed
Apr 29, 2019 01:53pm
u r doing great captain
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