Usman Dar is a Pakistani politician from Sialkot, who has recently quit Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party.
Usman Dar was born on 28th August 1974, in Sialkot, Pakistan. He belongs to a Punjabi speaking Kashmiri family. He was known for his close association with ex-Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan, before leaving the party.
Usman Dar has attained Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Punjab. In his nomination papers for 2013 general election, Usman Dar claimed to have received the degree of Master of Business Administration from the Schiller International University, London.
Usman Dar’s Age
Currently, Usman Dar is 49 years old.
Usman Dar wife and kids
Usman Dar was married to Ms Saima and has two sons.
Usman Dar’s affiliation with PTI
Usman Dar has remained actively involved in Pakistani politics for over a decade. He stood as the frontline political soldier for PTI during various social and political movements in the country.
Usman Dar as SAPM
Usman Dar held various positions in the PTI government, including as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs from 29th April 2021 to 10th April 2022. Earlier, Usman Dar served as Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme from 10th October 2018 to 12th February 2021 during PTI’s tenure.
Usman Dar’s political activism
Usman Dar was also considered as one of the boldest, vocal and aggressive leader of PTI. He was considered to be one of the rising politicians of Sialkot region who made his presence felt where seasoned PML-N leader Khawaja Asif ruled for decades.
Usman Dar first contested for the seat of the provincial assembly of Punjab as an independent candidate from PP-122 (Sialkot-II) in the 2008 election but was unsuccessful. He received only 54 votes and lost the seat to Chaudhry Muhammad Akhlaq. In 2013 election, he contested for the seat of the National Assembly as a candidate of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from NA-110 (Sialkot-I). He received 71,573 votes and lost the seat to Khawaja Asif of PML-N. In 2018 general elections, he represented PTI from NA-73 (Sialkot-II) but remained unsuccessful. He received 115,464 votes and lost the seat to Khawaja Asif.
Usman Dar as businessman
Usman Dar also emerged as a very successful businessman and has been associated with various companies in Pakistan. His family owns the VIP Group (PVT) Ltd, a leather giant and one of Pakistan's largest exporters of leather garments and sportswear.
‘Imran Khan mastermind of May 9 riots’
In October 2023, Usman Dar appeared in a pre-recorded interview, and announced to quit PTI. He alleged Imran Khan was the ‘mastermind of the May 9 riots’. He further blamed Imran Khan for hatching conspiracies against Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir. According to Dar, Khan first arranged a long march-cum-sit-in to stop General Asim Munir’s appointment as COAS and later, the 9th May 2023 pre-planned riots to get the Army chief removed.
Usman Dar’s accusations against Imran Khan
Usman Dar also levelled other serious and grave accusations on Imran Khan in this TV interview. He alleged that the narrative against the state in the minds of PTI supporters was built on the directions of Imran Khan. "That’s why, PTI workers from across the country were called to Zaman Park." Dar told that all these workers and supporters were ‘mentally prepared’ for the agitation and riots. He further alleged that the May 9 riots were planned in a meeting chaired by Imran Khan, who had ordered workers to attack military installations in case of his arrest.
According to Usman Dar, PTI leaders Hammad Azhar, Murad Saeed, Azam Swati and Farrukh Habib were anti-army and hardliners. He also claimed that Imran Khan used his workers as ‘human shields’ to avoid his arrest for longer period.
PTI’s perspective on Usman Dar’s interview
PTI claims that Usman Dar was taken to anchorperson Kamran Shahid’s residence in Lahore on night before for the interview, which was then televised on next day night. However, these claims could not be independently verified.
Usman Dar mother’s challenge to Khawaja Asif
After Usman Dar’s blunt TV interview, his mother released a video statement in which she challenged to top PML-N leader Khawaja Asif by inviting him to face her in politics. In 2018 elections, Usman Dar was defeated by Khawaja Asif in the 2018 election from NA-73 Sialkot constituency after a closely-fought contest. His mother’s challenge got viral on social media.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|