Marriyum rubbishes rumours of Ishaq Dar’s resignation

Pic03-059 ISLAMABAD: Jul 03 – Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar wiping his sweat while talking to media after appeared before Supreme Court formed joint investigation team (JIT), probing Panamagates case at its Secretariat in Federal Judicial Academy. Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar first time appeared today (Monday) before the investigators probing the corruption charges anchored in Panama Papers and trace the money trail of London flats and offshore companies owned by Sharif family. ONLINE PHOTO by S M Sohail

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has termed the rumours of the resignation of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar fake and baseless.

Speaking to media representatives on Saturday, the minister said, “Ishaq Dar is just not well. He has not resigned from his post.”

She added that the resignation is the prerogative of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

“Demanding resignation from Dar is the prerogative of the prime minister,” said the minister.

Maryam Aurangzeb also lauded Dar for boosting the confidence of the business community in Pakistan’s economy through his hard work.

Meanwhile, PM House Spokesperson Musadik Malik had also cleared the confusion, stating that in light of Ishaq Dar’s health and him seeking treatment abroad, as per cabinet rules, the Finance Ministry portfolio had already come under the prime minister’s control

The spokesman added that the prime minister was taking regular briefings on matters of finance and was managing the portfolio efficiently.

Rumours of Ishaq Dar’s resignation had circulated early Saturday morning.

It was reported that Dar has tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and, if the resignation is accepted, the prime minister will take over the portfolio of the Finance Ministry.

Earlier, it was also reported that the prime minister was pondering to replace Dar due to ongoing graft case against him with Ahsan Iqbal, who already is at the helm of Interior Ministry and Ministry of Planning.