Important development has been made regarding Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s decision of stepping down from his office as government sources have on Saturday claimed that Dar has not resigned yet.
It has been learnt that Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif wants the finance minister to resign, but Dar wants to continue working. Moreover, Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is also in a lot of pressure at the moment, and the ultimate decision will be taken by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMl-N) President Nawaz Sharif.
Earlier, it was declared that Ishaq Dar has decided to resign owing to bad health, and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been informed about the decision.
The finance minister, who is in London for heart treatment, has been indicted by an accountability court for holding assets beyond known source of income in a reference that was filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the directions of the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan in the high profile Panama Papers case.
Furthermore, non-bailable arrest warrants have been issued against the minister for continuously failing to appear before the court. The NAB had requested the interior ministry to put Ishaq Dar’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL). The minister is likely to return to Pakistan in December.
Let it be known that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and other opposition parties have been demanding Ishaq Dar’s resignation since his name surfaced in alleged money laundering.