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ISLAMABAD: One of the main parties in Pakistan’s ruling coalition has proposed that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar lead the incoming caretaker government, party sources said, a move aimed at helping with continuity of economic reforms under an IMF deal.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) put forward Dar’s name to its coalition partners, said the sources who were not authorised to speak to media and declined to be identified. An agreement has yet to be reached, said one of the sources.

“We think he could be the best bet to continue with the economic reforms agreed with the IMF,” a PML-N member told Reuters.

Pakistan secured a badly-needed $3 billion short-term financial package from the IMF last month, a much-awaited respite as it teeters on the brink of default.

When asked about the proposal by Reuters, Dar said only: “Let’s wait.”

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb did not respond to a request for comment. Local media have reported that the ruling coalition will dissolve parliament on August 8, after which the caretaker government will have 90 days to hold a general election.

The ruling coalition replaced former prime minister Imran Khan’s administration after he lost a parliamentary vote of confidence in April 2022.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said that having Dar helm the caretaker government would mean it could not be impartial.

“If Ishaq Dar is to be made a caretaker prime minister, then there will be no elections but only a selection,” said PTI spokesman Farrukh Habib.

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Shahid Khan Jul 24, 2023 03:36pm
The constitution is such a joke in our beloved land
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SAd Jul 24, 2023 04:15pm
I don't know why people questioning this decision. In USA, outgoing president stays in office till next president takes oath.
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KU Jul 24, 2023 04:38pm
Our fascination with ‘’Humpty Dumpty Sat On a Wall….’’ Is never ending and stupefying.
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AmirSh Jul 24, 2023 05:15pm
Is there nobody else able enough to be a caretaker PM in Pakistan other than any member of Sharif Family? What a joke this is to the nation of 230 M general public.
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Arif Jul 24, 2023 06:30pm
Fantastic….After killing the economy it is time to put an end to anything else which is breathing in this country .
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Maqbool Jul 24, 2023 06:55pm
Goodbye IMF
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Abdul rasheed Jul 24, 2023 07:09pm
@SAd, comparing Pakistan with US...I m super happy.
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Abdul rasheed Jul 24, 2023 07:12pm
SAD...COMOARING PAKISTAN WITH USA...I M SUPER DOOPER HAPPY.
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Ash Chak Jul 24, 2023 08:06pm
Why not Miftah? He has better relations with the IMF than Dar.
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Doc Asad Jul 24, 2023 08:30pm
just make this useless idiot "de facto ruler" for lifetime and end this daily drama. Its clear to live in Pakistan , they need power, otherwise London is their homeland
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Maqbool Jul 24, 2023 10:34pm
@Ash Chak, caretakers have to be apolitical. Dar is political, Mifta resigned from the party Maybe so he’ll come in as Caretaker Finance Minister
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zh Jul 25, 2023 12:10am
@SAd, As long the legislation for an interim government is on paper, it should be followed regardless of what happens in any other country.
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zh Jul 25, 2023 12:12am
A better choice is Sanaullah or Marriyum Nawaz, they are more vindictive.
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