PM takes charge of ECC after removing Ishaq Dar as chairman

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday removed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar from his post as chairman of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet, according to a notification issued by the cabinet division and acquired by DawnNews.

The newly elected prime minister will serve as the chairman of the ECC after Dar's removal, the notification added. Dar will remain a member of the committee and will chair meetings of the ECC in case of Abbasi's absence.

Five ministries — railways, power, communications, statistics, water resources, and privatization — have also been added to the economic committee.

Dar's removal from the chairmanship of the ECC is one of the major decisions taken by Abbasi after being sworn in as prime minister on August 1.

The news comes as the National Accountability Bureau prepares to file a reference against Dar for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income in accordance with the Supreme Court's verdict that disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

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