Former finance minister Ishaq Dar stated the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif had entrusted his grievances with the divine, opting against seeking revenge against those who allegedly ousted him from power through questionable methods.
While addressing the media outside Nawaz Sharif’s house in London, Dar reinforced Sharif’s stance on looking ahead and prioritizing Pakistan’s economic and developmental progress over personal vendettas.
Journalists quizzed Dar about Sharif’s current sentiments towards pivotal figures believed to have orchestrated his 2017 downfall, including former army and ISI chiefs and judges responsible for his controversial disqualification. In response, Dar recalled Sharif’s 2017 proclamation where he declared entrusting all matters to divine judgment, hoping those who did him wrong would face justice in both worlds.
Sharif’s Priorities and Pakistan’s Future
Upon his return to Pakistan, Sharif’s main emphasis will be nation-building, specifically aiming to extricate the nation from its current plight. Dar emphasized, “Sharif’s primary narrative for the nation will revolve around the economy, with aspirations of redirecting Pakistan towards developmental prosperity.”
Dar lauded recent actions against black market traders and the inception of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) as transformative economic moves. With hopes pinned on a potential electoral win, Dar expressed confidence in Pakistan’s imminent economic revival.
Sharif’s Return and Legal Challenges
Dar, while in the company of Shehbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz, reiterated that under Sharif’s leadership, Pakistan made significant strides from 2013 to 2017 before his administration was unceremoniously toppled. The announcement was made that Sharif is slated to return to Pakistan on October 21.
Highlighting Sharif’s accomplishments, Dar celebrated his contributions in areas like energy, investments, and employment, expressing eagerness for Sharif to steer Pakistan back to prosperity.
As for his plans, Dar is set to return to Pakistan soon and will confront the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) allegations against him, firmly denying all accusations of financial impropriety.