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Imran Khan confirms writing letter to IMF

Former PM asks who will pay off loan if given under such circumstances
Former prime minister Imran Khan gestures after arriving at a registrar office in High court in Lahore, Pakistan on July 3, 2023. AFP
Former prime minister Imran Khan gestures after arriving at a registrar office in High court in Lahore, Pakistan on July 3, 2023. AFP

Former prime minister Imran Khan has confirmed that he has written a letter to the International Monetary Fund as the party calls for linking the loan with the election audit.

“[I] have written a letter to the IMF. Today, it might have reached,” he said in an informal conversation with reporters outside the court in Rawalpindi.

On Thursday, party leader Ali Zafar said that the party’s founding chairman will write to the international lender to call for an independent audit of the February 8 general elections before it continues talks with Islamabad. He said the IMF, the European Union and other organisations had a charter that stated that good governance was needed for working in the country or giving a loan.

If elections were not free and fair, any organisation would avoid giving a “loan” to such a country, Zafar had said, adding: “Because that loan will further burden the people.”

A question related to the development was raised during a press briefing held by an IMF official early on Friday.

Julie Kozack, the head of the Communications Department at the IMF, was asked whether the IMF would entertain any letter by Khan calling for investigations into election irregularities.

“I’m not going to comment on ongoing political developments. So, I don’t have anything else to add to what I just said,” she said.

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Earlier in the day, Khan’s lawyer Gohar Khan clarified that the PTI will not do anything to harm the state and the economy.

Khan, who is serving his sentence in Adiala Jail, wondered who would pay off the loan if the IMF granted the loan to the country under current circumstances.

He was of the view that poverty would further increase due to the loan and added that loans would further increase until any investment in the country.

“First of all there should be political stability in the country,” Khan said.

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