On Sunday, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif defended the actions of Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, asserting that the difficult economic decisions he made were “supported and owned” by the federal cabinet as a whole.
Approved of Miftah’s actions and performance during the past three months
Asif was questioned on the growing disapproval of Ismail as a result of the nation’s most recent fuel price increases during an appearance on the Geo News show Naya Pakistan, which included Asif. “The entire cabinet has approved of Miftah’s actions and performance during the past three months. We are responsible for these government decisions,” the minister of defence remarked.
He stated that PML-N meetings had included a discussion of the PML-potential N’s political capital loss and popularity risk. He clarified, though, that internal criticism of the finance minister did not imply “no confidence.” As part of the PML-democratic N’s ethos, he argued, such “open criticism” should be embraced.
“We ought to support our finance minister, in my opinion. He is making decisions with the approval of the government and us. He shouldn’t be left to handle the matter on his own.”
Referring to his tweet supporting Ismail from the previous day, Asif claimed he had done it in order to dispel the notion that the finance minister was acting independently.
Administration is responsible if Miftah is being held accountable for gasoline price decisions.
“The party decides on Miftah’s actions. We all travelled to England to discuss policy; my tweet clarifies that the entire administration is responsible if Miftah is being held accountable for gasoline price decisions.”
Asif tweeted the other day that it was time to stand by Ismail because he was being attacked by people with “vested interests” including those within the PML-N.
Asif had stated that Miftah was one of the PM’s team members that worked the hardest and was available to all stakeholders.