Miftah Ismail, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), made allegations against his successor Ishaq Dar on Thursday, saying that Dar had been campaigning against him for over six months because he could not stand having someone else in the party serve as finance minister.
The former finance minister made the assertion in a podcast published on a YouTube channel on Wednesday, saying that Dar had announced on television that he would lower the dollar exchange rate to Rs160. The minister of finance, he said, has also allegedly urged news anchors to tweet and host TV shows critical of him.
Dar’s son is married to Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, and Dar accompanied Nawaz Sharif to London, according to the PML-N leader. He continued by saying that Dar had previously assured the PML-N leader that he would reduce both the dollar rate and the price of fuel.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Miftah said, was pleased with his work and had no plans to replace him. During his term, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement was reinstated and default risk was reduced, he added.
The former Finance Minister also said that it was the PM’s right to dismiss him, but the manner in which it was done was disrespectful. Miftah said that Nawaz Sharif had summoned him to London and replaced him in front of a group of 12 individuals.
Miftah, when asked about Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), claimed that no one comes close to Imran in terms of political strategy and story creation.
But he continued, saying that Imran lacks policy-making abilities and that Imran wants to be PM hard but doesn’t know what to do after becoming PM.