Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif’s close aide and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar confirmed his return to Pakistan in July. He said that he is coming back on the directions of Nawaz and the decision was taken after the consent of Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif, reports The News.
“I don’t need the permission of any League leader to return to Pakistan, as Nawaz Sharif’s orders are enough,” he added.
The former finance minister further revealed that he has received his new passport and his doctor has also given permission to travel.
While talking to BBC Urdu on Tuesday, he said that his medical treatment is expected to be completed in the next 10 to 12 days.
When asked about taking the charge of the finance ministry, Dar said he cannot decide this matter. “My party will decide.”
Dar confirmed that he will take oath as Senator once he is back in Pakistan.
It is pertinent to mention that the incumbent finance minister Miftah Ismail is an unelected member and he cannot continue in the office for more than six months. He took charge of the ministry in April.
When asked by BBC Urdu about the cases against him in Pakistan and his bail, Dar said that he is facing only one “fake case which was filed by [former prime minister] Imran Niazi”.
The PML-N leader also said that the “baseless” case against him was based on his tax return and added that he always filed his income tax return on time.
“That is why when Imran Khan’s government approached Interpol to bring me to Pakistan, the documents given to Interpol had no credence, so they gave me a clean chit,” he added.
Earlier, Samaa News reported that Dar would be back to face his court cases and assume his responsibilities as Senator. After winning the cases, he will decide on joining the federal cabinet.
In 2017, an accountability court declared Ishaq Dar a proclaimed offender in assets beyond means case.
Dar has been living in London since 2017 on account of his medical treatment. He has served as a federal minister of finance four times between 1998 and 2017.
Earlier this year, Dar was re-instated to the Senate by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).