Tariq Fatemi removed as SAPM on foreign affairs


ISLAMABAD: A day after his appointment as Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi was removed on Thursday from the post by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

He will continue to serve as a special assistant but without the foreign affairs portfolio. Fatemi has also been granted the additional status of a minister of state.

On Wednesday, PM Sharif had appointed Fatemi as his special assistant on foreign affairs.

“The prime minister, in terms of rule 4(6) of the Rules of Business, 1973 read with serial no. 1A of Schedule V-A of the said rules, has been pleased to appoint Syed Tariq Fatemi, as special assistant to the prime minister on foreign affairs, with immediate effect,” a notification issued by the Cabinet Division read.

Tariq Fatemi, a key figure named in the Dawn leaks inquiry, was appointed special assistant to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

He was one of the main characters who were named in the Dawn leaks scandal. It should be noted that he was removed from the same post in 2016 after being named in the Dawn Leaks inquiry.

It may be recalled that the former envoy had earlier been the Special Assistant to the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2017.

Sources: Aaj News

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