Published On: Thu, Nov 23rd, 2017

Ishaq Dar formally seeks ‘leave of absence’

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LONDON: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has written to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi seeking relief from his duties.

Tv News has seen the letter sent by Ishaq Dar from London to the Prime Minister House requesting for “Leave of Absence” in light of his health.

Ishaq Dar had arrived in London around a month ago and has been seeking treatment at a Harley Street hospital. He has been attending the clinic for treatment three times a week and also spent a week in the hospital.

Ishaq Dar has stated in his letter to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that he wishes to seek “relief for now from looking after the three divisions” that he has been heading for approximately four years.

Tv News has learnt that Ishaq Dar spoke to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and took him in confidence prior to writing the letter to PM Abbasi seeking relief. Its understood that Nawaz Sharif advised him that in current circumstances it was best to let the PM run economic affairs of the country through an advisory committee of economic experts. Sources have confirmed that PM Abbasi will accept the summary letter by Ishaq Dar later today and will formally announce to relieve him of his duties.

A source in Prime Minister, when reached for comment, said that the PM is aware that Ishaq Dar has requested to step aside from his role in view of his medical treatment in London. He said that the whole cabinet is of the view that Ishaq Dar provided excellent leadership to Pakistan’s economy and helped turn around Pakistan. –Agencies


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