Miftah accuses Dar of orchestrating campaign for his removal from cabinet

Former finance minister Miftah Ismail has now openly accused his successor Ishaq Dar of his ouster from the federal cabinet by running a campaign against him. Dar could not tolerate someone from the PML-N to occupy the top slot, he added.

Miftah is very critical of Dar over his policies ever since he was removed from the office and has been talking about an imminent default risk – a claim repeatedly rejected by the sitting finance minister.

Although Miftah takes credit for averting the default threat, the critics say he did so only unleashing the unbearable inflation and burdening the masses with the responsibility of saving the state instead of reducing unnecessary expenditures and taxing the rich.

In the past, he has been criticising Dar for reducing the POL prices and not increasing the petroleum development levy (PDL) without IMF approval, terming it reckless.

Miftah, in a podcast on a YouTube channel, said Wednesday that Dar went on TV and claimed that he would bring the dollar rate to Rs160. He also claimed that the finance minister asked TV anchors to tweet against him and host TV programmes.

He didn’t stop there and further said that Dar was closer to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif only because of his son being married to Nawaz’s daughter and had stayed with him in London. Dar used to tell the PML-N supremo that he would bring the dollar rate and petroleum prices down.

Miftah said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was satisfied with his performance and did not want to replace him. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal was restored, and default risk had also minimised in my tenure, he said.

He added that even though it was the PM’s prerogative to remove him, the way it was done was not respectful. Nawaz called him to London and told him that he was being replaced in front of 12 people, Miftah said.

About PTI Chairman Imran Khan, the former minister said there was no doubt that Imran was a good politician. No one is close to him when it comes to political strategy and narrative building, according to Miftah.

However, he added that Imran lacked policy-making skills and wanted badly to be the prime minister but didn’t know what to do after that.

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