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Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar may be asked to resign

News Agencies | Updated on: 18 November 2017, 12:31 IST

Former Pakistan primemminister Nawaz Sharif has reportedly given the green signal to the PML-N government to replace Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

The Dawn quoted sources at the highest levels of government, as saying that Dar could be replaced by an an adviser on finance or a full-fledged minister, who must be a member of parliament.

At present, the former proposal is under serious consideration.

The daily quoted the sources, as saying that two of the people being considered for the job are former finance minister Shaukat Tarin and former State Bank of Pakistan chairman Dr. Ishrat Husain. The name of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal are also doing the rounds.

Tarin told Dawn that he could consider helping out in some capacity, but not as a finance minister or as an adviser. He said that there is a need to make the right selections to bring the Pakistan economy back on track.

Dar is facing corruption charges, which has to the issue of non-bailable arrest warrants due to his absence from court.


First published: 18 November 2017, 12:31 IST