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PTI leader asks PM to remove finance minister

PTI leader asks PM to remove finance minister

ISLAMABAD: A leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Andleeb Abbas, has written a letter to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi urging him to obtain resignation from Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

The letter says that an accountability court on Sept 27 indicted Ishaq Dar in a reference pertaining to his owning assets beyond his known sources of income.

“It is a shame that a person undergoing criminal proceedings is Pakistan’s Finance Minister,” Ms Abbas says. “It is even more embarrassing that neither has he resigned nor have you (the prime minister) removed him from his office.”

Says it is shameful that a person facing graft case is financial custodian of country

“Being a citizen of Pakistan under Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, I need certified information why Finance Minister is on the post that is funded by taxpayers’ money since he has been indicted by the accountability court,” she adds.

How a person having about Rs831.678 million beyond his sources can be financial custodian of the country, she asks. Moreover, how can Mr Dar manage his office while he will be appearing in the accountability court and why is millions of taxpayers’ money being spent on his protocol when he is defending his private case?

The letter says that the country has posted a much higher-than-expected current account deficit of $12.1 billion, four per cent of GDP, in the previous fiscal year. Why no accountability has been conducted by the prime minister regarding the finance minister’s performance and why he (the premier) has never questioned about the boom in Mr Dar’s personal finances in contrast to Pakistan’s worsening financial condition, it asks.

“I as a taxpayer demand his (finance minister’s) immediate resignation and removal and an inquiry by the government in his corruption,” the PTI leader asks the premier. “If you do not take action it will mean that you are a party to this crime and thus we will ask the court to take suo motu notice on the negligence of the prime minister on safeguarding the taxpayer’s money by giving it in the hands of a person, who is indicted in financial corruption,” Ms Abbas concludes.

Published in Dawn, September 30th, 2017

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