PTI terms Imran Khan’s meeting with IMF delegation as evidence of significance

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Imran Khan’s meeting with the IMF delegation is evidence of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) significance in the country’s political system, said PTI communication secretary Rauf Hasan on Saturday.

The former communications minister claimed in a statement that the IMF delegation’s meeting with Khan “proves the political relevance of PTI” and that it “beyond any doubt” did so.

Hasan said that his party was being “neutralized” by the “worst state brutality,” but the world was prepared to cooperate with the PTI chairman because he would be the next elected prime minister of the nation.

Hasan’s comments came after an IMF delegation met with Khan at his home in Lahore yesterday. According to PTI leader Hammad Azhar, the two reviewed the staff-level agreement the IMF and the government agreed for a 9-month, $3 billion SBA.

“In this regard, we support the overarching goals and fundamental principles.” The PTI leader also stated that it is crucial to emphasize the value of schemes that shield lower-income groups from excessive inflation.

IMF looking for significant political parties’ assistance:

For the recently announced $3 billion bailout scheme, the Washington-based lender is looking for assistance from significant political parties, including the PTI, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Esther Perez Ruiz, the resident representative of the IMF, stated in a statement that the discussions with political parties were to “seek assurances of their support for the key objectives and policies under a new IMF-supported program ahead of the approaching national elections.”

Musadik Malik, state minister for petroleum, disagreed with PTI’s assertions and said the only significance the PTI chairman had was that he had ruined the IMF accord.

By subsidizing petrol at the conclusion of his administration and requesting the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finance ministers to sabotage the IMF deal, according to Malik, Khan ruined the IMF program.

IMF and PPP meet

The PPP’s financial team, which included Senator Saleem Mandviwala and Federal Minister for Commerce Naveed Qamar, was also met by an IMF mission.

A stand-by arrangement with Pakistan, which would have a significant impact on the country’s financial stability, was the topic of the discussion, which was conducted at the minister’s residence, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Commerce.

The PPP team stated that they were willing to support the IMF program and cited greater national interests as the impetus for their choice.