PML-N senior leader and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar returned to Pakistan after a self-exile of nearly five years. He accompanied Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif who was also returning after his official visits to the United Kingdom and the United States.
A Pakistan Airforce Jet (PAF) was used for this purpose, which landed at the Nur Khan Airbase in Chaklala, Rawalpindi. Therefore, netizens are questioning the use of a PAF jet for Ishaq Dar’s return, who has corruption cases leveled against him.
“The fugitive returned home with state protocol after five years on the run,” Azhar Mashwani, PTI’s focal person tweeted.
“I love Pakistan Air Force, this is so heartbreaking and humiliating,” a Twitter user wrote.
I love Pakistan Air Force; this is so heartbreaking and humiliating 😭 https://t.co/H6l94rj3Wa
— Humaira (@HumairaWajahat) September 26, 2022
“Corruption is not a problem for some people. The return of a fugitive in a Pakistan Airforce Plane,” journalist Umer Inam tweeted.
کرپشن کچھ لوگوں کیلئے مسئلہ نہیں ہے، پاکستان ایئر فورس کے طیارے میں عدالتی مفرور اسحاق ڈار کی واپسی پر ۔۔۔۔۔ کا شکریہ pic.twitter.com/g9mtjZVXGT
— Umer Inam (@UmerInamPk) September 26, 2022
“Darnomics – brought to you by Pakistan Air Force,” Journalist Nuzhat Nazar tweeted.
Darnomics – brought to you by Pakistan Air Force ✈️ – sponsored by Bajwa Doctrine !! pic.twitter.com/u0Mhlpe8tN
— Nuzhat Nazar (@NuzhatNazar) September 26, 2022
“His Excellency Mr Ishaq Dar, the absconder is back in a Pakistan Air Force plane. The only thing missing from this drama is the guard of honor. This is the whole system we got in 75 years. Simply shameful,” a PTI supporter wrote.
His Excellency Mr Ishaq Dar, The ABSCONDER is back in Pakistan Air Force plane. The only thing missing from this drama is the guard of honor. This is the whole system we got in 75 years. Simply shameful.@SdqJaan#DGISPR#اشتہاری_اسحاق_ڈارکو_گرفتارکرو pic.twitter.com/wuZup00hpN
— Z. Jadoon ⁱᴾⁱᵃⁿ (@zsjadoon1) September 27, 2022
Pertinent to mention that Ishaq Dar accompanied Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif who was returning to Pakistan after his official visits. Nevertheless, netizens are still questioning the use of the PAF jet. Moreover, they are also demanding his arrest. Anti-Ishaq Dar trends are going viral on social media.
Ishaq Dar returns to save Pakistan’s economy
Due to Pakistan’s economic woes, it was decided by the PML-N government that Ishaq Dar would return and take charge as the Finance Minister. Miftah Ismail has also verbally resigned from his post, however, he will remain part of the government.
“I have returned to my country by the grace of God. I will try my best to pull Pakistan out of the [economic] maelstrom it is surrounded with,” Ishaq Dar told the media upon landing.
He shared that the PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and the prime minister have handed over the responsibility of the finance ministry to him.
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“[We] pulled Pakistan out of an economic maelstrom back in 1998 and 2013,” the incoming finance minister said.
قائد مسلم لیگ ن محمد نوازشریف اور وزیراعظم شہباز شریف نے مجھے کہا ہے کہ میں وزیرخزانہ کی ذمہ داری قبول کروں تو انشاءاللہ پاکستان جس معاشی بھنور میں پھنسا ہے اسے اس سے نکالنے کی بھرپور کوش کریں گے.@MIshaqDar50 pic.twitter.com/mHfJTwQib9
— PMLN (@pmln_org) September 26, 2022
Earlier, an accountability court suspended the permanent arrest warrant for PML-N leader and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.