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PTI accuses Dar of forcing SBP chief to resign

01 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The MNAs of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday accused Finance Minister Ishaq Dar of pressurising State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor Yaseen Anwar to quit the office.

Calling this a "systematic assault" on the state institutions, the PTI lawmakers said the government wanted to remove those people at the top posts who are not in its good books. The issue was raised by PTI MNA Asad Umar who alleged that like Yaseen Anwar the heads of other institutions are also being harassed to forced them out of their offices. Yaseen resigned as SBP governor on Thursday.

Umar alleged that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar pressurised the SBP governor to resign over his refusal to toe the minister's line. He claimed that Yaseen Anwar was put under extreme pressure to force him to resign. Asad Umar termed the government's attitude a systematic assault on the undesired heads of the state institutions, and added it showed that the government wanted to protect the interests of the elite class.

Another PTI MNA, Shafqat Mahmood, said that unwanted heads of other state institutions are being pressurised and harassed to force them out of their offices. He referred to the case of former NADRA chairman Tariq Malik who resigned recently. Mahmood said the NADRA chairman was subjected to harassment to the extent that he thought it better to quit.

"Such attitude of the government speaks of dangerous situation and it is uncalled for," he remarked and demanded the finance minister to apprise the House about his differences with the SBP governor and circumstances which led to his resignation. Earlier, responding to the call attention notice of Khalida Mansoor‚ Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said a committee having representation from the four provinces has been constituted to give guidelines to the federating units to check hepatitis.

Replying to another call attention notice moved by Munaza Hassan and others‚ Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada on behalf of Minister for Textile Industry told the House that there are plans to set up industrial waste water treatment plants in different parts of the country and land in this regard has also been identified. Standing Committee on Interior Chairman Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan presented before the House reports of the committee on The Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill‚ 2013 (Ordinance No. VII of 2013)‚ The Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill‚ 2013 (Ordinance No. VIII of 2013) and Protection of Pakistan Bill‚ 2013.

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