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Sunday October 02, 2022

Dar due next week, to take oath as Senator

I will perform whatever duty is assigned to me by Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, says Dar

By Our Correspondent
September 24, 2022
PML-N leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar. — AFP/File
PML-N leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar. — AFP/File

LONDON/ISLAMABAD: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar has decided to return to Pakistan before October 7, confirming that he will probably be in Pakistan next weekend.

Speaking to Geo TV, he said that he will take oath as a senator immediately after his return. Addressing the rumours that he will replace Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Dar said, “I will perform whatever duty is assigned to me by [PMLN supremo] Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.” He revealed that Shehbaz will return to London after attending the United Nations General Assembly summit being held in New York. “I will adhere to whatever is decided after consultations with Shehbaz and Nawaz,” he maintained.

Earlier Friday, an accountability court in the federal capital suspended the arrest warrants for the former finance minister till October 7 in a case pertaining to him being a proclaimed offender.

Commenting on the court’s decision, Dar said that he will have to return before that. Accountability Court judge Mohammad Bashir issued the orders on Friday and directed the authorities concerned not to arrest the ex-federal minister upon his arrival in Pakistan.

The judge said that once Dar returns to Pakistan, the court will see whether it should revoke his arrest orders or not. “The arrest warrants will be permanently suspended once Dar appears before the court in person,” the judge said.

The politician moved the accountability court on Thursday after the Supreme Court dismissed Dar’s appeal in a corruption case following his decision to withdraw the plea. In 2017, an accountability court, while hearing a corruption reference against Dar, declared him a proclaimed offender due to his continued absence from the proceedings.

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