‘Government should rip apart IMF agreement, renegotiate new one,’ Bilawal

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Karachi: According to the media sources, the PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto has stated here on Wednesday that the current government should rip apart the IMF agreement.

While speaking to the media outside the parliament, the PPP chairman said that it is the desire of every single Pakistan that the federal government needs to renegotiate terms with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He said, “We are not saying that don’t go back to the IMF, we are emphasizing on the fact the government should renegotiate the deal, keeping in mind Pakistan’s economy and how it runs, they should not accept the terms of the IMF completely.”

He cleared that “The SBP has said that even if you add up the loan procured by previous governments, it is less than that of the incumbent government. The FBR has informed that the tax collection is currently at a shortfall of Rs400 billion.”

He also criticized the current government for not answering the valid question raised by the opposition parties regarding the shortfall the country is facing. He said that people from the current government keeps on attacking them on personal grounds.

“We can withstand their personal attacks but the people of the country belonging to every class cannot bear the government’s economic policies.”

He went on saying that “Since this government has taken charge, journalists are not getting paid and it is tough for them to even run their own houses.”

“Hafeez Shaikh was the finance minister in our tenure but he was not given such freedom in decision-making back then. The PPP-led government always made a deal with the IMF in accordance with the demands of Pakistanis,” he added.

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