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Ishaq Dar confirms he will return to Pakistan the end of next week

LONDON: Ishaq Dar, a former finance minister and current PML-N leader, gave The News an interview on Friday in which he confirms the date of his return to Pakistan.

Dar declared that he has made the decision to return Pakistan before October 7, 2022.

“I will take the membership oath of the Senate after my return to Pakistan,” he said, adding that he will land in the country toward the end of next week.

Regarding rumours that he will replace Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Dar stated that he would carry out whatever task PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif entrusted to him.

He disclosed that after visiting the United Nations General Assembly conference taking place in New York, PM Shahbaz will travel back to London.

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“I will adhere to whatever is decided after consultations with Shehbaz and Nawaz,” he shared.

Earlier today, an accountability court in the federal capital suspended the arrest warrants of 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 today and directed the authorities to not arrest the ex-federal minister — who is currently in London — 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 to 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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