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Miftah Ismail divides netizens over his remarks on Ishaq Dar

Miftah Ismail took to Twitter and said he "regretted" the comments he made about Ishaq Dar's family ties with Nawaz Sharif. 

PML-N leader and former Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has divided the internet over his recent remarks on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Earlier, in a podcast with internet personality Nadir Ali, Miftah Ismail blamed Ishaq Dar for orchestrating a campaign to undermine him. The former finance minister also alleged that Dar also used to ask famous anchorpersons to tweet against him.

“Dar wanted to become a minister,” Miftah Ismail said. “Eventually his desire was fulfilled because he is the father-in-law of Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and he used to stay with him in London as well.”

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However, later, Miftah Ismail took to Twitter and said he “regretted” the comments he made on Ishaq Dar’s familial relations with Nawaz Sharif.

“In a podcast with Nadir Ali, I mentioned Dar Sahab’s relations with the party leadership, which has been given a spin by the media. Upon reflection, I regret doing so. I thank Fawad Hasan and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for pointing out my mistake. Here is the clip with the offending sentence,” Miftah Ismail said while sharing a clip from the podcast.

Interestingly, Miftah Ismail’s remarks went viral on social media. After Miftah Ismail expressed his regret over his remarks, many netizens expressed their sympathy for the former finance minister.

“Miftah Ismail’s removal as Finance Minister was painful because after so long someone was actually trying to do the right thing not for the party but for the country. Very unfortunate. I feel for you Miftah bhai, difficult to finally get the IMF program on track, for what?” Ali Moeen Nawazish said.

“There is nothing to regret. It is a fact that: Dar is related to the party leadership, Dar is a finance minister simply because of his proximity to the party leader, Dar ran a campaign to oust Miftah Ismail, Dar does not inspire confidence among key cabinet members,” Vice President of the Asia Group Uzair Younus said.

More netizens expressed their support for Miftah Ismail and condemned the way he was ousted as the finance minister. They also said that Miftah Ismail should not apologize for stating the facts.

Meanwhile, some netizens also stated that Miftah Ismail should not publicly criticize Ishaq Dar as it is bad optics. Instead of taking shots at the incumbent finance minister, Miftah Ismail should have done the honorable thing and resigned quietly from the party, netizens claim.

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