October 3, 2023

Didn’t ‘nominate or reject’ Dar as caretaker PM, says Sanaullah

Sanaullah, Iraqi envoy express resolve to boost economic cooperation,

ISLAMABAD– No one in the government had proposed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s name for caretaker prime minister, said Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.

Speaking at a local TV programme, the interior minister said, “It is a rumour that Dar’s name was suggested or rejected by the government.” He said talks were under way about whether a bureaucrat or a politician could be appointed to the coveted post.

“If the consensus is developed, the caretaker prime minister can either be Ishaq Dar or any other politician from any party,” he said.He, however, added that efforts would be made to appoint a caretaker PM acceptable to all.

About return of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, the minister said it was a wrong assumption that the incumbent government had any authority to allow Nawaz to stage a comeback in politics.

“This is completely wrong. The government does not have this right,” he said, pointing fingers at the Supreme Court. The top court had disqualified Nawaz through an order no one accepted, he claimed. He said the judges were ‘biased’ against the PML-N supremo.

The minister further said Nawaz would also secure acquittal through courts just as PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz did. He would return soon, secure interim bails and then secure acquittals, he added. “All the political restrictions imposed on him through conspiracies will end,” he said.


Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah. and Iraqi Ambassador Hamid Abbas Lafta expressed on Friday their determination to promote economic cooperation between the two countries.

Lafta met Sanaullah, during which the interior minister made it clear that Pakistan always believed in giving importance to its brotherly relations with Iraq.

Sanaullah went on to say that relations between the two countries were based on religious and common values.

“Pakistan can provide facilities to the Iraqi police officers in the field of forensics,” he maintained.

The interior minister appreciated the efforts of the Iraqi envoy to promote the relationship between Pakistan and Iraq.

Lafta invited the interior minister to visit Iraq.