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Published Date: Dec 25, 2013

Govt. makes all critics ‘advisers’

In an interesting move the PML-N government on Tuesday
inducted many of its main critics of the handling of the economy into the
Economic Advisory Council which was reconstituted by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar
on Tuesday.

Dar gave the approval for the reconstitution of the new
Economic Advisory Council which would have 19 other members from different
walks of life, a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance said.

The newly formed council now includes: Dr Ishrat Husain Dean
and Director Institute of Business Administration Karachi, Dr Ijaz Nabi Dean
School of Humanities Social Sciences and Law LUMS, Abid Hasan Farooq
Rahmatullah (Energy), Zubair Soomro, Banking, Shafqat Ali Jamoot Agriculturist
Businessman, Arshad Zubairi, Business Recorder, Farrakh Qayyum, Dr Sania
Nishtar CEO Heart File, Dr Ashfaq Hassan Khan Dean and Professor (Economics)
NUST, Akbar Zaidi Muslahuddin PIDE, Furrukh Saleem media analyst, Dr Abid
Qayyum Suleri SDPI, Saqib Sherani, Qazi Azmat Essa CEO Pakistan Poverty
Alleviation Fund, Chairman Board of Investment, Governor SBP and Chairman FBR.
It would now be interesting to watch how these new “advisers” on the economy
will criticise what the government does in the coming days, months and years.