Ishaq Dar Appointed as Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan

Shehbaz Sharif appoints Ishaq Dar as Deputy PM of Pakistan, a seasoned politician expected to strengthen the government's economic and foreign policy initiatives.

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Ishaq Dar Appointed as Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan

Ishaq Dar Appointed as Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has appointed Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar as the Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan. The decision was announced while PM Shehbaz Sharif is currently in Saudi Arabia, accompanied by FM Ishaq Dar. "The appointment was confirmed through a notification issued by the Cabinet Division, stating that Ishaq Dar has been designated as the Deputy Prime Minister with immediate effect and until further orders," according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dar, who holds the portfolio of Foreign Minister, will now serve as the country's Deputy Prime Minister. He is a key member of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) party and has previously served as the finance minister in the previous PML-N governments. The Cabinet Division also issued a notification confirming Dar's appointment as the Deputy Prime Minister, effective immediately and until further orders.

The position of Deputy Prime Minister is not a new one in Pakistan's political history. Previous individuals who have held this role include Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who served twice, and Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, who served as the Deputy Prime Minister during the tenure of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from June 2012 to June 2013.

Why this matters: The appointment of Ishaq Dar as the Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan is a significant development in the country's political landscape. It reflects the trust and confidence placed in Dar by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the ruling PML-N party. The move is expected to strengthen the government's economic and foreign policy initiatives.

The announcement of Ishaq Dar's appointment as the Deputy Prime Minister was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a post on social media. As a seasoned politician and former finance minister, Dar brings extensive experience to his new role. The federal government's decision to appoint him as the Deputy Prime Minister is seen as a strategic move to bolster the administration's efforts in addressing the country's challenges.

Key Takeaways

  • PM Shehbaz Sharif appoints FM Ishaq Dar as Deputy PM of Pakistan.
  • Dar is a key member of PML-N and former finance minister.
  • The position of Deputy PM is not new in Pakistan's history.
  • Appointment reflects trust in Dar and aims to strengthen economic, foreign policy.
  • Announcement made by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, seen as strategic move.