Ishaq Dar takes oath as Senator amid PTI’s protest

Ishaq Dar takes oath as Senator amid PTI’s protest

Senior Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) Leader, Ishaq Dar on Tuesday took oath as a senator, after living five years in self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom.

Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani administered the oath to Ishaq Dar.

PTI members tore the copies of the agenda of the meeting to register their protest and also surrounded the dais and chanted slogans.

Leader of the House in Senate, Azam Nazir Tarar welcomed the PML-N stalwart and expressed the hope that Dar would steer the country out of challenges.

Tarar urged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members to respect law as the accountability court had suspended the permanent arrest warrants of Ishaq Dar till October 7, in a reference pertaining to holding of assets beyond known sources of income.

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Dar was elected to the upper house of the parliament on a technocrat seat in the elections held on March 3, which was notified by the Election Commission of Pakistan on March 9, 2018.

Dar landed at the Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi last night alongside Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to take charge of the finance portfolio, which he has previously held on three occasions.

In February this year, Dar had requested Senate chairman to virtually administer the oath in the wake of restoration of his election notification, but his request was turned down.

Dar is expected to be sworn in as the finance minister as well. Earlier in the day, former finance minister Miftah Ismail formally tendered his resignation to the prime minister.

The change of command at the Ministry of Finance comes during a crucial time for Pakistan’s economy, which is hounded by fears of default after being hit by unprecedented currency devaluation and devastating floods.

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