ISLAMABAD Finally Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has accepted the resignation of Shaukat Tarin, Minister for Finance, Planning, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Statistics Division, however the latter would continue his job till the end of this month. Though the Government is so far mum about the replacement of Tarin, TheNation had already reported that Nasim Beg, the brother-in-law of Anver Majid who is a close associate of President Asif Ali Zardari, was most likely to replace the outgoing Finance Minister. A couple of more names are also under consideration. According an official handout issued by PM Secretariat, the resignation was formally accepted when Tarin called on the Premier Gilani at the PMs House on Tuesday afternoon. The Prime Minister appreciated the contribution by Shaukat Tarin in turning around the sliding national economy. The Prime Minister hoped that Tarin would continue to extend his valuable advice to the Government as and when needed, it added. In his resignation Tarin mentioned that he had resigned to focus on his family business and he could not do so precisely since it would be clear conflict of interest while serving as Minister for Finance, Planning, Revenue and Economic Affairs. He, however, assured to extend his services and advise to Government when felt necessary. TheNation had already reported that Tarins partners in his Silk Bank had conditioned his personal involvement in the business to pour in further required investments. The Prime Minister said that in order to ensure the continuity of policies, the Government would like to acquire the services of Tarin in the National Economic Advisory Council. It needs to be mentioned that Tarin would continue to work as Minister for Finance, Revenue, Planning and Economic Affairs till 28th of February 2010. Although the Government has vowed the continuity of economic policies even after departure of Tarin, independent observers have termed this change at a critical juncture of time as a severe blow to the fragile economy on its bumpy way to recover.