IMF Refuses to Intervene in Imran Khan’s Electoral Dispute

IMF Refuses to Intervene in Imran Khan's Electoral Dispute
IMF Refuses to Intervene in Imran Khan's Electoral Dispute
IMF Refuses to Intervene in Imran Khan's Electoral Dispute
IMF Refuses to Intervene in Imran Khan's Electoral Dispute

IMF Refuses to Intervene in Imran Khan’s Electoral Dispute

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IMF Refuses to Intervene in Imran Khan’s Electoral Dispute

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has rejected calls to involve itself in Pakistan’s domestic politics amid demands from Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party to review the February 8 polls before approving a new economic package, according to the Express Tribune.

IMF Refuses to Intervene:Encouraging Fair Resolution on Electrical Disputes

Despite steering clear of political matters, the IMF has urged Islamabad to ensure a fair resolution of all electrical disputes. This development follows a letter from imprisoned former PM Imran Khan to the IMF, expressing concerns about the consequences of obtaining a loan in the current situation and the potential increase in poverty.

IMF Refuses to Intervene:IMF Readiness for Economic Negotiations

Breaking its silence on PTI’s attempt to involve the global lender in political affairs, an IMF spokesperson stated their readiness to negotiate the next medium-term program with the newly-elected government. The spokesperson emphasized that the IMF, as an institution focused on economic issues, refrains from commenting on domestic political developments.

IMF Refuses to Intervene:PTI Allegations and IMF’s Stance

The PTI has consistently labeled the February 8 polls as ‘disputed,’ alleging a lack of a ‘level playing field.’ The party claims to possess evidence of rigging and demands IMF involvement in investigations. The IMF, however, emphasizes the importance of a fair and peaceful resolution of electoral disputes without delving into the specifics of the allegations.

As the current USD 3 billion short-term bailout package approaches expiration, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has authorized discussions for a new Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The previous EFF expired in June due to Pakistan’s failure to meet program conditions, with a remaining undisbursed amount of $1.2 billion.

“We look forward to engaging with the new government to complete the second review under the current Stand-by Arrangement and, should the government request, support the formulation of a new medium-term economic program,” said the IMF spokesperson. The IMF’s primary goal remains to support the implementation of robust policies, addressing economic challenges and promoting sustained growth for the benefit of all Pakistani citizens, as reported by the Express Tribune.

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