Government “not interested” in replacement of Finance Minister

ISLAMABAD: It appears that the government has abandoned the search for a replacement of former finance minister Ishaq Dar and rather intends to continue with the present arrangement until the end of its term.

Insider sources familiar with the development told Dawn on Tuesday that a proposal which has been floated earlier to appoint a minister of state for finance is not receiving any forward movement.

The sources said formal consent was also sought from former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif regarding the proposed arrangement to handle day-to-day matters of the Ministry of Finance, while strategic decision-making and the portfolio of finance will remain with the prime minister.

However, no signal for go-ahead was received from Mr. Sharif, the sources added.

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