Dr Farrukh Saleem, who was supposedly appointed as the spokesperson for the government on economic affairs, has revealed that he regularly attended meetings held at the Prime Minister’s House between October and December 24 last year.
On Thursday, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry claimed that Farrukh Saleem was not a spokesman of the government, referring to the latter’s statement about Pakistan’s ailing economy.
In a tweet, the minister stated, “Clarification is needed Saleem Farrukh is not [the] spokesperson of the Government. We ought to have appointed Dr sb Govt’s Spokesperson on [the] economy but later it transpired that PM office has banned any hirings so his Appointment could never transpire, he is free to have any opinion.”
The information minister took to twitter after Saleem made comments about the state of the country’s economy.
“The government is not curing the disease, but hiding the symptoms. The results of devaluing rupee are not good. Despite 30% devaluation of the rupee, exports are still on the decline,” Saleem had said in a TV interview.
“We have to consider an alternative strategy,” he suggested while being referred to as the government’s spokesperson on economic affairs by the media outlet.
However, Saleem, while talking to a local media outlet after the comments by Chaudhry, said that “there was no communication of this. I attended all the meetings including the last one held on December 24, under Prime Minister Imran Khan. All the meetings happened at the Prime Minister’s Office”.