PTI affirms to not impede IMF programme

Barrister Gohar says they only reminded global lender of the coalition govt’s promise of a transparent election

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders – Omar Ayub Khan and Barrister Gohar Khan on Wednesday reaffirmed his party’s commitment to not impede the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, emphasising transparency and accountability in the electoral process.

Speaking at a press conference, Omar Ayub underscored the importance of fair elections. “There was a condition by the IMF that loan would be provided only if there were transparent elections,” he stated, emphasising the necessity for scrutiny in light of alleged rigging during the recent general elections.

“Why should people bear the burden of the excessive expenses of PDM 2 government? These people cannot bring any reform and do not know how to utilise the funds,” Khan expressed.

Khan further articulated PTI’s stance on fiscal responsibility, stating, “PTI wanted the loans to be used for reforms and not for excessive expenses.”

Supporting Khan’s remarks, Gohar Ali Khan confirmed that PTI had formally communicated its stance to the IMF. “We do not want to be an obstacle in the IMF programme,” he affirmed, adding, “We have reminded the IMF of their (coalition government) promise through a letter.”

Earlier in the day, PTI asked the IMF to factor in the country’s political stability in any further bailout talks, two people familiar with the matter said.

Incarcerated former prime minister Imran Khan’s party has sent a letter to the IMF detailing its position, two senior sources in the party said, adding more details would be made public in due course.

The IMF has yet to receive the letter, the lender said in an email to Reuters.

Analysts say a new government – which Khan’s opponents are expected to form – is likely to need more funds from the global lender after the standby arrangement expires in April.

An IMF spokesperson said last week that it was focused on the completion of the standby programme but was available to support the post-election government through a new arrangement to address Pakistan’s ongoing challenges if requested.

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