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Senator Ishaq Dar takes oath as finance minister

The oath-taking ceremony was attended by federal ministers, parliamentarians and senior government officials.

Senator Ishaq Dar took the oath as federal minister at a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday.

President Dr Arif Alvi administered the oath of office to Senator Ishaq Dar at the ceremony, witnessed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The oath-taking ceremony was attended by federal ministers, parliamentarians and senior government officials.

Ishaq Dar, was sworn in as a senator on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Senate. He had spent the previous five years in self-imposed exile in the UK.

Dar had been elected to the Senate from Punjab, however since October 2017, he had left the country.

While the Opposition was making a scene, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani gave the oath. To show their opposition, PTI members tore up copies of the meeting’s agenda and surrounded the dais.

Dar was still receiving congratulations from members of the coalition parties when the Senate chairman issued a directive to all senators to uphold the Upper House’s decorum.

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The new finance minister declared, “[We] rescued Pakistan out of an economic maelstrom back in 1998 and 2013,” Dar has returned to “assist” the government’s efforts to revive the cash-strapped economy by assuming control of the finance ministry’s crucial responsibilities.

Prior to Dar’s arrival, Miftah Ismail resigned from her position as finance minister in accordance with the party’s resolution. Nawaz Sharif, PM Shehbaz, and other PML-N leaders attended a meeting in London where the choice was finalised. Several national concerns were thoroughly explored at the session.

During the meeting, Miftah tendered Nawaz his resignation and thanked him for giving him the opportunity to manage the ministry, a PML-N spokesperson said.

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Miftah also said that over the last four months, he performed to the best of his abilities and remained loyal to his party as well as the country. However, he will continue to remain part of the government.

APP with additional input by GVS News Desk