Dar to take oath as finance minister after Shehbaz, Nawaz nod
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PML-N leader Ishaq Dar will assume charge as the finance minister, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Saturday.
The decision was taken during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's meeting with party supremo Nawaz Sharif in London.
Meanwhile, Miftah Ismael, the incumbent finance minister, will also remain part of the coalition government’s economic team.
Later, Dar said he has booked a flight for his return to Pakistan on Wednesday but it's likely that he would head back in a day or two. Dar said it was a family meeting today and the family will hold another meeting tomorrow and in that meeting it will be decided whether he will return with prime minister or not.
Earlier today, Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah confirmed that Dar will return to Pakistan next week.
Dar, himself, had said yesterday that he will take oath as a Senator immediately after his return. The former finance minister said that he would will perform whatever duty is assigned to him by Nawaz and Shehbaz.
PM Shehbaz, along with Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb reached London after attending the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York a day earlier and is scheduled to leave for Pakistan on Sunday.
PM discussed with Nawaz the ongoing situation in the country and measures taken by the sitting coalition government.
Moreover, the strategy to deal with PTI Chief Imran Khan’s call for a long march, and ending PTI’s government in Punjab was also discussed.
It was further learnt that the final decision regarding the elections, whether they should be conducted earlier or not, is also likely be taken during the meeting.
The PML-N leaders were also expected to devise a strategy for expediting verdicts in the cases registered against Imran Khan.