Muhammad Ishaq Dar

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Designation: Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Statistics
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Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz

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Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar born 13 May 1950. He is a chartered accountant, financial-cum-economic expert and the incumbent federal finance minister of Pakistan. He served as the commerce minister once, finance minister thrice and also as the leader of the opposition in the Senate of Pakistan. He was pivotal in negotiating an IMF rescue package to meet an economic crisis triggered by sanctions imposed on Pakistan after the nuclear tests in May 1998.

Dar's first term as finance minister was cut short by coup d'état by General Pervez Musharraf. His past economic policies have emphasised greatly on export-led growth and are often criticised by economists at the World Bank who make fun of them by nicknaming them "Darnomics". He served as the finance minister a second time during the PPP-led coalition government in 2008. Following political differences, PML-N ministers including Dar resigned just six months into the new government. He became the finance minister for a third time on 7 June 2013 after the 2013 general elections.

Dar was elected unopposed in the 2012 Senate elections and was nominated as the leader of the opposition in the Senate on 14 March 2012. He is currently PML-N's parliamentary leader in the Senate. Dar has a strong alliance with prime minister Nawaz Sharif going back decades to the time when Dar worked as a young clerk for Sharif's Ittefaq Group. After the marriage of his eldest son Ali Mustafa Dar with Sharif's daughter Asma Nawaz in 2004, this relationship was further cemented.

Early life and education

Dar was born on 13 May 1950 in Lahore, Punjab. He completed his education at Government College (now Government College University), Lahore and Hailey College of Commerce, Punjab University, Lahore (1966–69). He was awarded two gold medals and an honour roll after obtaining the first position in Bachelor of Commerce (honours) at the University of Punjab. After completing his higher education, Dar trained as a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 1970, and became an associate member (ACA) in 1974. He also became an associate member with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) in 1975. Later he earned a fellowship membership (FCA) with ICAEW in 1980 and with ICAP in 1984. He also became a fellow of the Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountants (PIPFA) in subsequent time. Dar now holds a life membership of ICAEW as of January 2012.

Political career

Dar has served as a parliamentarian for the last 20 years, and is currently serving his fifth term as a member of the parliament. He was elected as a member of the National Assembly twice (1993–96 and 1997–99) and was also elected as a senator for three consecutive years subsequently. After being appointed the parliamentary leader from Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N), he served as a leader of the opposition in the Senate in 2012. His current term as a senator expires in March 2018.

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Salman Zafar ( Rawalpindi,Pakistan) Friday, December 10, 2010 10:27:40 AM (MDT - USA)
My father who Knows uncle Dar for last thirty years speaks very high about uncle Dar and always tell us that he (my father)has never seen a person in his life more honest and st raight forward than Dar sb.I also know uncle Dar is running an orphan center where about 100 orphans get modern education. He donated generously for displaced persons from Swat and flood victims. I pray for Uncle Dar and wish Pakistanis are benefitted by his abilty and dedication

NAEEMULLAH DAR ( DAR ES SALAAM,Tanzania, United Republic of) Sunday, October 31, 2010 2:18:47 AM (MDT - USA)
دار ساھب اپ سرماےا ھے مسلم لےگ مےن اپ کہو پسند کرتا ھون اپ ھمارے لدر ھےن

Bangash ( Peshawar,United States) Tuesday, September 01, 2009 6:45:34 PM (MDT - USA)
A highly corrupt man who was caught lying to the IMF.

Cheema ( Kana Kacha,Iceland) Saturday, March 07, 2009 7:57:13 AM (MDT - USA)
U r a good man in the laltain.

sarfraz ( Karachi,Pakistan) Wednesday, February 04, 2009 5:28:01 AM (MDT - USA)
Seems to be competent. But it will be proved only when in power, as in Pakistan everyone forgets everything when in power.   Every politician is required to prove sincerity by informing the people his source of income through which he made all the assets in his and his family's name. Assets must be equivalent to his genuine income source.

Mazhar ( London,United Kingdom) Thursday, January 22, 2009 7:37:00 PM (MDT - USA)
You will be one of the few factors which will bring PML N down to its knees, with your suggestion of 29 judges, desperation to join government at any cost etc etc. Miya brothers would do better without friends like Dar.

ABID AZAD KHAN ( LONDON,United Kingdom) Monday, January 12, 2009 2:22:05 PM (MDT - USA)

Dar to launch reforms strategy
Posted On: 5/22/2015
Opaque govt liabilities
Author: Khaleeq Kiani | Posted On: 7/21/2015
Banking transactions tax halved till Sept 30
Author: Mubarak Zeb Khan | Posted On: 7/10/2015
Zarb-e-Azb may cause govt to miss deficit target-Dar
Author: Shahbaz Rana | Posted On: 1/13/2015
Dar suspends order aimed at tax evaders
Author: Mubarak Zeb Khan | Posted On: 5/21/2014
Growth rate to remain over 4pc this year
Author: AP | Posted On: 5/6/2014
Auction mania
Author: Khurram Hussain | Posted On: 4/17/2014
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Topic: Disability of Government.
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Added On: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 (MDT - USA)
Tahir ( SWAT,Pakistan) Thursday, April 30, 2009 2:32:21 AM (MDT - USA)
better than others
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Added On: Sunday, December 21, 2008 (MDT - USA)
aurangzeb khan ( peshawar,Pakistan) Sunday, January 11, 2009 10:03:11 PM (MDT - USA)
very smart, honest and staight-forward individual. He seems to be very principled person. He has done great work for the democracy.
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Unknown ( Unknown,) Sunday, December 21, 2008 11:45:14 PM (MDT - USA)
Tell him to bring all his money to Pakistan
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Unknown ( Unknown,) Monday, December 22, 2008 6:28:38 AM (MDT - USA)
Pakistan need him for good leader ship
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