Dar relieved of finance minister’s portfolio

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi yesterday accepted Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s request to relieve him of his duties, Dar was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry, and has been informed of the decision. The matter and the contents of the letter, earlier sent by Dar, were also discussed by the PM with Nawaz Sharif, said sources. He would remain a federal minister and a leave of three months has been granted to Dar. A notification issued by the Cabinet Division stated that the prime minister is “pleased to allow leave of absence to Mr. Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, with immediate effect in terms of sub-section (1) of section of Federal Ministers and Ministers for State Salaries, Allowances and Privileges Act 1975”. Dar had arrived in London around a month ago and has been seeking treatment at a Harley Street hospital.

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