PM Abbasi approves sick leave of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday approved the three-month sick leave sought by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
Dar had requested the premier to allow him a sick leave as he is feeling sick and undergoing medical treatment outside the country, according to informed sources. In a letter to the PM, Dar said that he is not resigning from the office but seeking leave to take a respite from the affairs of the ministry.
It was further added that the ministry will be given to a close friend of PM Abbasi following Dar’s elimination in the form of a respite. After the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases, Ishaq Dar is being criticized continuously for holding his office both by political as well as journalist fraternities, the political analyst had opined.
It was earlier rumored that Ishaq Dar had decided to resign owing to bad health, however, PM’s spokesman Musadik Malik had confirmed that Dar will continue to keep the ministry.
Meanwhile, the accountability court had declared the Finance Minister as an absconder and rejected his petition in which he sought immunity from hearing of assets beyond known sources of income reference filed by NAB. The court had further directed to release advertisement for Dar’s summoning and had issued a show-cause notice to Ishaq Dar’s guarantor Ahmed Ali Quddusi, ordering him to submit a reply by November 24.


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