Tuesday Jun 28 2022

Ishaq Dar to return to Pakistan end of July

Former finance minister and senior PML-N leader Ishaq Dar. — AFP/File
Former finance minister and senior PML-N leader Ishaq Dar. — AFP/File

  • Nawaz allows Dar to return to Pakistan, sources say.
  • Dar's return to Pakistan expected in third week of July.
  • Ex-finance minister to face cases registered against him.

LONDON: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar has decided to return back to Pakistan in the third week of July and he has received his new Pakistani passport, it can be confirmed.

A credible source has shared that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif has given a go-ahead to Dar to return to Pakistan.

The source shared that Ishaq Dar will be returning to Pakistan in the third week of July and arrangements have been made for his travel. The source said that Dar has appointed a legal team already and will be taking the next steps in consultations with them.

Dar, said the source, will face the cases that have been registered against him and assume his responsibilities as senator soon after arriving in Pakistan. 

The source said: “Cases against Dar are fake and politically motivated. Everyone knows the background of these vindictive cases and Dar was targeted to bring down the PML-N’s then government”. 

The source, who is close to Dar, said that there is a case against the ex-finance minister in which he is accused of not submitting details of his assets for 22 years. 

Dar has maintained that he has already submitted a 32-year record of his assets but that was not considered as the objective was not justice but revenge and political engineering at that time.

The source shared that Dar has received his Pakistani passport after it was restored by the Interior Ministry of Pakistan, soon after PML-N came to power following the ouster of PTI government through a no-confidence vote.

Dar had become stateless in London in September 2018 after Pakistan’s federal government cancelled his diplomatic passports, as well as his wife’s. 

The cancellation of the passport had meant that Dar was in London without a travel document and unable to travel to Pakistan to comply with the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s deadline for him to make an appearance before it.

Dar had told the ministry that he was unable to travel to Pakistan because he was undergoing medical treatment in London and sent to the ministry notarized letters from his doctor — duly attested by the Foreign Ministry of the UK — confirming that his medical treatment was continuing.

The source shared that Dar has ever since been receiving treatment and he has been given go-ahead by his doctors at Harley Street to travel.

The source shared that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had asked Dar to return to Pakistan to become part of his team and advise on the economic affairs of the country.