Dar returns home after five-year-long ‘self-exile’ along with PM

Senior PML-N leader is expected to take oath of Senate tomorrow


News Desk September 26, 2022
PML-N leader Ishaq Dar arrives in Pakistan on Monday, September 26. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif along with incoming finance minister Ishaq Dar returned to the country after concluding his visit to New York and London on Monday.

The senator-elect is expected to take oath of the upper house of parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to become the new financial czar of the country.

Outgoing finance minister Miftah Ismail and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, who were part of the PM’s delegation, have also returned home.

PM Shehbaz and his delegation arrived in Islamabad from London in a special plane.

Talking to the media after landing at Nur Khan Airbase, Dar said he has reached Pakistan on the instructions of the party leader, Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Also read: Dar set to become financial czar - again

He said, “We will take this country out of the economic vortex… we will take Pakistan out of the economic vortex like in 1999 and 2013-14, there is a lot of hope that we will go in a positive economic direction”.

Earlier while talking to the media in London, Dar had said that "with the grace of Allah the Almighty is calling me back to the same office from which I came here for medical treatment".

PM Shehbaz, who had gone to the UK to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, had met his elder brother in London to discuss key political issues before departing to the US to attend the UN General Assembly session.

After the UNGA session, PM Shehbaz returned to London again and had a long meeting with his brother and Dar, who had left for the UK in October 2017 while he was standing trial in a corruption reference.

A day earlier, Finance Minister Miftah announced stepping down from his post following an important PML-N meeting which was held under the chairmanship of party supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London.

Miftah submitted his resignation to the PML-N supreme leader, saying the ministry was entrusted to him by the party.

“I worked to the best of my ability for four months, and remained loyal to the party and the country,” a PML-N statement quoted Miftah as saying during the meeting.

Also read: Miftah resigns, Dar to take helm of economy

During the huddle, PM Shehbaz and party supremo Nawaz nominated Dar as the new finance minister of the country.

The two main targets given to Dar by PML-N supremo Nawaz are to bring down inflation and decrease the dollar-rupee parity, a source close to the Sharif family told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity.

The source said Dar would draw on his vast experience from his previous stints and try to bring market forces under control.

He added that the party needed a finance czar of Dar’s credentials, but some legal barriers had to be overcome first.

The source said Miftah too had made tall claims before the leadership of being capable of driving the country out of the seemingly inextricable maze the party had found the country’s economy in.

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