Friday, September 30, 2022

‘IMF doesn’t trust Pakistan…’: Maryam Nawaz hits out at Imran Khan

Pakistan is facing many economic challenges and foreign exchange reserves are drying up fast.

Written by Manjari Sachin Chitre | Edited by Swati Bhasin

Pakistan Muslim League-N President Maryam Nawaz on Saturday hit out at former Prime Minister Imran Khan over the deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Describing the deal between the fund and Khan as a “bad deal”, the PML-N chairman said that Khan “made a U-turn by violating the terms that the country had agreed to with the global lender” and added that IMF “does” not trust Pakistan because of “Fitna” – Imran Khan.

Addressing party workers in Lahore, Maryam Nawaz further said that “the coalition government had to take certain decisions with a heavy heart – including raising the prices of petroleum products – due to the wrongdoings of the former prime minister”. According to him, if Khan had “left something in stock, the coalition government would have provided relief to the people”.

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“Continue your support for PML-N and we will get you out of trouble. We had to raise prices today but because of Imran Khan. Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif will do everything possible to get you out of trouble. He was quoted as saying by the local daily Tribune.

Pakistan’s new government – led by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif – had removed the price cap, with fuel prices increasing by up to 70 percent within three weeks.

Meanwhile, when Imran Khan was addressing a simultaneous rally in Islamabad, he hit out at Shehbaz Sharif’s government and claimed that the country “won’t accept the imported government”. “I knew there would be chaos that evening and people would come face to face with the police and the Rangers. The country, police and rangers are mine. I don’t want to create anarchy in my country. I had set out for just one slogan- imported government is unacceptable,” he was quoted as saying by Pakistan-based Geo TV.

Read also: Attack on Pak journalists after army criticism ‘worst kind of fascism’: Imran Khan

Pakistan is facing many economic challenges and foreign exchange reserves are drying up fast. The Pakistani rupee is at a record low against the US dollar. The country is in talks with the IMF to revive the country’s bailout programme.

Earlier, the country had unveiled a $47 billion budget for 2022-23, aimed at tighter fiscal consolidation, to persuade the IMF to resume bailout payments. However, the global lender had said that additional measures were needed to bring Pakistan’s budget in line.

(with inputs from ANI)

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