Former PMLN’s Finance Minister Miftah Ismail is all set to join the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), according to insider sources. For a long, Miftah has been openly critical of PML-N’s economic policies, especially Ishaq Dar’s way of handling the Pak economy.
It has been disclosed that the PPP is in the concluding stages of resolving matters with Miftah Ismail, the dissatisfied PML-N leader, and sources anticipate an official announcement of Miftah Ismail’s affiliation with the PPP shortly.
In June of this year, Miftah Ismail relinquished his position as the General Secretary of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh. His departure was preceded by outspoken criticism of PML-N’s economic policies, particularly under the tenure of Ishaq Dar, who assumed control of the finance ministry following Ismail’s resignation.
Notably, after parting ways with the PML-N, Ismail, along with former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former PPP leader Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, initiated a nationwide discourse titled “Reimagining Pakistan.”
This initiative addressed a spectrum of issues that they believed had not received adequate attention since the country’s independence, leading to a series of seminars held in various cities.
In October, Dr. Farooq Sattar, a prominent leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), extended an invitation to Miftah Ismail to join the ranks of MQM-P.
This invitation occurred during a meeting at Miftah Ismail’s residence in Karachi, where Farooq Sattar urged the former finance minister to consider joining the MQM-Pakistan.
Miftah Ismail is a Pakistani political economist who served as the Federal Minister of Finance from April 2022 to September 2022. He had previously served in the same office, from April 2018 to May 2018 in Khaqan Abbasi’s cabinet. Before that, he served as the Advisor on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, chairman of the Pakistan Board of Investment, and an economist with the International Monetary Fund.