Shahzad Akbar steps down as PM's adviser

Shahzad Akbar steps down as PM’s adviser

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s adviser on accountability and interior, Shahzad Akbar, stepped down from office on Monday, without giving a reason for his resignation.

Sources informed that PM Imran Khan had expressed dissatisfaction with Akbar’s performance two weeks back.

The ex-advisor hoped that in line with PTI’s manifesto, the PTI-led government would continue the accountability process under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership.

“I have tendered my resignation today to PM as Advisor. I sincerely hope the process of accountability continues under [the] leadership of PM IK as per PTI’s manifesto. I will remain associated with party [and] keep contributing as member of legal fraternity,” Akbar said.

A former deputy prosecutor for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Akbar was appointed as the special assistant to the prime minister on accountability in August 2018.

Later, in December 2019, he was also given an additional portfolio of Prime Minister’s Home Affairs Adviser.

In July 2020, the barrister was promoted to the Prime Minister’s Accountability and Home Affairs Adviser, with the status of a Commonwealth Minister.

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