ISLAMABAD: The federal government has appointed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Rana Afzal as state minister for finance.
The ruling party legislator is currently serving as the parliamentary secretary for finance.
The appointment comes a month after former finance minister Ishaq Dar requested the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for indefinite leave for undergoing a treatment abroad, after which the ministry portfolio fell vacant.
Dar, who is facing a corruption trial in an accountability court, has been in London allegedly receiving medical treatment for cardiac issues.
According to reports, a decision to appoint Afzal was taken during a meeting held between PML-N president Nawaz Sharif and PM Abbasi. However, the federal government is yet to issue a notification to this effect, following which Afzal would take oath as finance minister.