Usman Dar is a Pakistani politician who is the current Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, in office since 3 December 2018 and Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, in office since 10 October 2018.

Usman Dar
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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs
In office
29 April 2021 – 10 April 2022
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
In office
3 December 2018 – 12 February 2021
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme
In office
10 October 2018 – 12 February 2021
Preceded byLeila Khan
Personal details
NationalityPakistani
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

EducationEdit

Dar has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Punjab.[1] He belongs to a Punjabi speaking Kashmiri family.[2]

In his nomination papers for 2013 general election, Dar claimed to have received the degree of Master of Business Administration from the Schiller International University, London in 1997.[3][4]

In November 2017, Schiller International University was found to be a degree mill and Dar's MBA degree was found to be dubious after the Department for Education of the United Kingdom said that it does not recognize the university.[3][4]

Dar did not declare his MBA degree in his nomination papers for 2018 general election and only mentioned his graduation degree from the University of the Punjab.[4]

Political careerEdit

He ran for the seat of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as an independent candidate from Constituency PP-122 (Sialkot-II) in 2008 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful.[5] He received only 54 votes and lost the seat to Chaudhry Muhammad Akhlaq.[6]

He ran for the seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from Constituency NA-110 (Sialkot-I) in 2013 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful.[7] He received 71,573 votes and lost the seat to Khawaja Muhammad Asif.[8]

He ran for the seat of the National Assembly as a candidate of PTI from Constituency NA-73 (Sialkot-II) in 2018 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful.[9] He received 115,464 votes and lost the seat to Khawaja Muhammad Asif.[10]

On 10 October 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed Dar as Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme.[11] On 12 October, a resolution was submitted in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab against the appointment of Dar due to his dubious degree.[12] The resolution also noted that appointment was "clear violation of merit and unacceptable as he had suffered a massive defeat in the general elections".[13] On 13 October, Pakistan Today also noted that Dar's appointment as chairman of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme violates 2014 order of Lahore High Court.[14]

On 3 December 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed him as his Special Assistant to PM on Youth Affairs.[15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PTI's Usman Dar dismisses report on dubious degree". Geo News. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Dynastic role decisive in NA-73 contest". The Nation. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "PTI's Usman Dar obtained dubious degree from dubious university". The News. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Nomination papers: PTI's Usman Dar drops MBA degree". 15 June 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Political rank and file joining PTI in droves". The Nation. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  6. ^ "2008 election result" (PDF). ECP. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  7. ^ "NA-110 from Sialkot goes to Khwaja Muhammad Asif | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  8. ^ "2013 election result" (PDF). ECP. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Khawaja Asif defeats PTI's Usman Dar in NA-73 Sialkot". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  10. ^ "NA-73 Result - Election Results 2018 - Sialkot 2 - NA-73 Candidates - NA-73 Constituency Details - thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Usman Dar to head PM's Youth Programme". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  12. ^ "عثمان ڈار کی بطور چیئر مین یوتھ پروگرام تعیناتی کیخلاف قرارداد جمع". Dunya Urdu. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Dar justifies his appointment as youth plan head". The News. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Usman Dar appointed PM's Youth Programme chairperson in violation of LHC orders". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  15. ^ "PM appoints Usman Dar as special adviser on youth affairs". Pakistan Today. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  16. ^ "PM Imran decides to introduce national policy for youth". Geo News. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.