Ishaq Dar, a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and former federal finance minister, recently articulated the party’s priorities in the event of securing government, emphasizing a singular focus on the economy. During an interview on Geo News’ program “Naya Pakistan,” Dar stated that if PML-N comes into power, their primary emphasis would be on the economy, economy, and economy.
Dar asserted that in the absence of any political maneuvering or conspiracies, they would work without any external pressures if given a simple majority. He highlighted that PML-N’s manifesto does not set unattainable targets, assuring a reduction in the inflation rate to less than ten percent within 22 months and targeting a dollar exchange rate around 250 Pakistani rupees.
Addressing the issue of power distribution, Dar suggested that provincial governments have the capability to provide free electricity to consumers if they choose to do so from their budgets. Responding to criticism directed at PML-N by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Dar retorted that Bilawal is like his own son.
Dar revealed that Bilawal used to refer to him as “Uncle Dar” in parliament, highlighting a personal connection between their families. He commented on Bilawal’s apparent fear, stating that if PML-N succeeds, Bilawal might not have opportunities in the political landscape for the next 15 to 20 years.
The former finance minister’s insights shed light on PML-N’s strategic vision, placing economic revival at the forefront of their agenda. Dar’s commitment to achievable economic targets and his response to political critiques showcase the party’s focus on constructive governance. The mention of personal relationships within the political sphere adds a human touch to the discussion, underlining the interconnectedness of political figures in the Pakistani landscape. As the political climate in Pakistan continues to evolve, PML-N’s stance on economic priorities sets the stage for a distinctive approach if they secure a governing position.