Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has commented on the reports of IMF financial assistance Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
contacting the US authorities for early release of financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Imran Khan was asked to comment on the news of Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa’s contact with US Deputy. Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in an interview aired on Friday on ARY News, a Pakistani TV channel. had gone.
On Friday, the news was published in some foreign newspapers that Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa contacted the US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and the immediate release of nearly one-tenth two billion dollars of financial assistance from the IMF. talked about
Pakistan’s Foreign Office has confirmed the news about the communication between General Bajwa and Wendy Sherman on Friday.
In the weekly briefing, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed said that the Foreign Office is not aware that General Bajwa has discussed Pakistan’s economic situation with Wendy Sherman.
He said that “We believe that the army’s public relations department, ISPR, will comment on this.” However, the Pakistani army’s public relations department, ISPR, has not yet issued any statement on these reports.
According to official news agency APP, General Bajwa has “contacted Washington for assistance in early disbursement of loans from the IMF.to help stabilize Pakistan’s declining economy Referring to it, it was written that ‘the Army Chief spoke to the US Deputy Secretary of State.
Wendy Sherman on the phone at the beginning of this week. Due to the lack of progress, the army chief was forced to draw the attention of Washington.
It should be remembered that the current government of Pakistan has reached an agreement with the IMF at the staff level, according to which the IMF has to provide Pakistan with six billion dollars in the seventh and eighth joint programs. The first installment of billion dollars is to be released.
This money, which Pakistan desperately needs in its current economic situation, is not getting due to the delay in agreement at the executive level of the IMF. According to reports, the agreement at the executive level has been delayed till the end of August.
“America will help us and not demand from us?”
Before commenting on the question of the army chief’s contact with the United States, Imran Khan asked in his characteristic manner with a subdued smile that when the United States helps, will it not demand anything?
Imran Khan said that this shows that nobody in the country trusts the current government, neither does the IMF, nor does anyone outside the country trust them. He further said that in this situation the Army Chief has fulfilled this responsibility.
Imran Khan mentioned the National Security Policy given by his government and said that in this policy emphasis was placed on the security of the country as well as the economic security of the country.
He said that if General Bajwa has spoken to the American authorities, it means that Pakistan is becoming economically weaker.
He said that this is not the job of the army chief and if the country continues to weaken like this, what do you think that America will help us and not demand from us?
Imran Khan asked the question, “What do you think America will demand?”
He said that the kind of demands made from Pakistan, if they go to this extent, the security of Pakistan will be weakened. In this regard, Imran Khan expressed his disappointment on the performance of the coalition government of Pakistan and said that the only way out of the current economic crisis of the country is clean and transparent general elections.
The former prime minister said that after the elections, a government will be established for five years, which will bring political stability to the country and also help in the recovery of the economy.
Referring to the recent by-elections held in 20 constituencies in the province of Punjab, he said that despite all the difficulties. The people have given such a large number of votes in favor of Tehreek-e-Insaf and the success they have given it.