Adviser to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr. Ishrat Hussain has left his post, official sources told PakistanIssues on Thursday. The sources said Dr. Hussain had sent his acquiescence letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, however, the explanations behind the abdication were not known.

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Dr. Hussain, who filled in as the legislative head of State Bank of Pakistan during the military system of Gen Pervez Musharraf, didn’t react to calls and messages of correspondents who attempted to get in touch with him for looking for affirmation of reports about his abdication.

The sources said the prime minister had not yet acknowledged his acquiescence. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said he could neither affirm nor deny the reports about Dr. Hussain’s acquiescence.

Dr. Hussain had been a piece of the federal bureau with the situation with a federal minister since August 2018 and had set up an Institutional Reforms Cell (IRC) at the PM Office. The IRC appeared because of a bureau choice on Aug 28, 2018, to fill in as the secretariat of the Task Forces on Civil Service Reforms and Aus­t­erity and Restructuring of Government.

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