Scandal-hit Pakistan finance minister takes sick leave


PAKISTAN’S finance minister Ishaq Dar has gone on indefinite medical leave amid an ongoing corruption scandal, piling more pressure on the beleaguered government ahead of elections due next year. Dar came under the radar of an inquiry sparked by the Panama Papers leak last year which centred on discrepancies between the income of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his lavish lifestyle, particularly his family properties in London. A finance ministry official confirmed last Thurs­day (23) that Dar has applied for and been granted the leave. Reports said he is suffering from a heart condition. Images showing him on a…

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