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Ishaq Dar: Pakistan’s first absconder who takes oath as Finance Minister

ISLAMABAD: A day after taking oath as Senator, Ishaq Dar today took oath as Finance Minister. The President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi administered the oath at the Presidency at 10:15am in the presence of elites of the government in Islamabad.

In Pakistan, Dar will be the first absconder/proclaimed offender who has the honour of becoming the Finance Minister amid a big fanfare on media.

Dar returned from London on Monday night along with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif through a special plane in top-level protocol. He remained in self-exile for five years mostly in London.

Ishaq Dar is still an absconder/proclaimed offender and an accountability court in Islamabad suspended his arrest order last week and ordered him to appear in the court. Dar appeared in the court, but accountability court did not.

Thus, Ishaq Dar moved on as per the original Pindi-London plan and took oath as Senator on Tuesday (Sept 27) afternoon.

Today (Sept 28), Ishaq Dar took oath as Finance Minister, replacing Miftah Ismail, who resigned on Tuesday to vacate the coveted position for Dar _ once an absconder/proclaimed offender but now a darling of the powers that be who had to swallow this bitter pill under the Doctrine of Necessity (Nazriya-e-Zaroorat). Nazriya-e-Pakistan was buried many decades ago and the Doctrine of Necessity was introduced which was gradually burying Pakistan in poverty, lawlessness, unprecedented loans, massive price hike, exploitation of consumers through electricity bills, gas, petroleum products, multiple taxes, etc.

In short, Ishaq Dar was declared absconder/proclaimed offender under the Doctrine of Necessity and the same doctrine had been applied to bring him back with full honour and dignity as Finance Minister.

Let us see how the Doctrine of Necessity works for Pakistan, people of this country and mastermind of this doctrine.

Dar versus Dollar

In last three working days, the dollar-rupee exchange rate has dropped to 234 rupees, from 248 rupees in the open market and 233 rupees in the inter-bank, from 239 rupees. It shows with the arrival of Ishaq Dar as Finance Minister, a bad time has started for those who were playing with the dollar-rupee exchange rate for their vested interests.

Now a question arises in our minds, why this did not happen when Miftah Ismail was the Finance Minister. Answer is simple, Ishaq Dar is very powerful and highly-connected in the country and abroad in comparison with Miftah Ismail. This can be imagined well from the case of Dar who had been imported from London in a special plane carrying Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other VVIPs. The plane landed directly at Noor Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi because it was the special plane and for the special VVIPs, hence, the landing place was the safest and special one as well.

Also, Ishaq Dar enjoys better support than Miftah and Dar is capable of taking decisions which Miftah is unable to think of.

For example, soon after taking oath as Senator, Dar warned the filthy circles involved in dollarization and artificial hike in the value of dollar. When the coalition govt was formed, the dollar-rupee exchange rate was fluctuating around 175 rupees. On the midnight of no-confidence, the dollar-rupee parity climax expanded to 196 rupees, but when Shehbaz Sharif took oath as Prime Minister, dollar fell to 175 rupees. However, this blow to dollar was a short-lived development and gradually the exchange rate mounted to 248 rupees in the open market twice _ before the release of IMF loan and after the disbursement of IMF tranche.

However, dollarization phobia seems to be over _ may be for the time being and more good things are going to happen after oath taking of Ishaq Dar as Federal Minister (Finance) from Wednesday.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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