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Ahsan Iqbal replaces Ishaq Dar at Council of Common Interest

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has replaced the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at Council of Common Interest meeting which is scheduled today in Islamabad.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair the meeting, which is attended by the four provincial chief ministers as well as the federal ministers for inter-provincial coordination, industries and production, and finance.

However, according to a notification issued today, the seat of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who has been in London for around two weeks for medical treatment, has been replaced by Planning and Reforms Minister Ahsan Iqbal, sources informed.

Iqbal also holds the portfolio of the Ministry of Interior.

At present, Dar is facing a corruption case filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Panama Papers case.

After Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took office in August this year, he replaced Dar’s chairmanship of the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet with himself.

Nawaz Sharif is being victimised ahead of the general election

Multan (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan’s senior politician Javed Hashmi has said that former Prime Minister is being victimised ahead of the general election. PMLN vote bank is increase despite the efforts to reduce it.

“It has been 70 years replacing individuals; now the system should be allowed to function,” he said, maintain that repeating the mistake of imposing a martial law has also ended that option.

The veteran politician said that democracy has flaws in it, however, it cannot be thrown away on the basis of those flaws. “We need to carefully make a decision, keeping democracy in view.”

“In 2014, Imran Khan was conveyed that elections will again be conducted the same year and I told him that no election will be held and you would also be excluded,” he claimed.

Criticising the former president Pervez Musharraf, Hashmi said who would accept Musharraf as his leader.

Commenting on Karachi politics, he said, “There is nothing hidden in Karachi now and only those would resolve this issue who brought the megapolis to this stage.”