Miftah Ismail on Sunday tendered his resignation as finance minister to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in line with the party’s decision and paved the way for Ishaq Dar to take possession of the coffer.

The decision was made during a meeting of PML-N leaders in London, including elder brother Nawaz Sharif, younger brother Shehbaz Sharif, and others. During the session, several issues related to the country were discussed in detail.

According to a PML-N spokesperson, during the meeting, Miftah handed over his resignation to Nawaz and thanked him for giving him a chance to lead the ministry. 

Miftah said that over the last four months, he performed to the best of his abilities and remained loyal to his party as well as the country. 

While accepting his resignation, Nawaz praised Miftah’s efforts and the way he carried out his duties at a time when the country was facing an economic crisis.

Ishaq Dar will replace him as the finance minister, while Miftah will also remain part of the government. 

DAR RETURNS: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar, meanwhile, accompanies Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on way to Pakistan on Sunday night as Nawaz suggested “you do not delay your return.”

As decided by the Sharif brothers, Ishaq will take oath as finance minister on Tuesday (tomorrow).

A source told Geo.tv that during his meeting with PM Shehbaz yesterday, Nawaz revealed he had not been happy with the economic policies of Miftah and had called for a change in the direction of economic policies.

Nawaz, according to the source, is worried that the rise in prices of commodities had directly affected ordinary people which has impacted the support base of PML-N. 

Marriyum Aurangzeb heckled

Meanwhile, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb was heckled and verbally attacked by a group of PTI supporters who followed her into a coffee shop and filmed the entire episode.

She told Dawn that she was walking near Marble Arch to take a bus to Kensington, when a group of about 20 people approached her.

“They used bad language. It was abusive and filthy. I kept walking and tried to ignore them, I felt sorry for these people that they were uttering such gendered insults,” she said.

In videos circulating on social media, the minister can be seen standing in line at Pret a Manger on Edgware Road, with PTI supporters calling her a “thief” and saying she was spending thousands of “looted money” by “shopping at Harrods”.


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