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Aamir Dogar denies PTI wrote any letter to IMF

There is only ‘clamour’ for letter, says Sunni Ittehad Council’s chief whip in National Assembly
A still from the Aaj Exclusive show on March 02, 2024 shows Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Aamir Dogar responding to a query. Screengrab via YouTube/Aaj News
A still from the Aaj Exclusive show on March 02, 2024 shows Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Aamir Dogar responding to a query. Screengrab via YouTube/Aaj News

Aamir Dogar has denied that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has written any letter to the International Monetary Fund, urging the lender to ensure Pakistan election audit before any bailout talks.

“Have you seen the letter? There is only clamour for. If there will be any letter from our side that will be sent officially to somewhere or published or a media talk on it, it will be then [discussed],” he said in an interview with Tariq Chaudhry on Aaj Exclusive aired on Saturday.

When asked if he was saying that no letter has been written yet, he said: “I think no letter has so far been written.”

The denial from Dogar, the Sunni Ittehad Council’s chief whip in the National Assembly, comes three days after chairman Barrister Gohar Khan told a news conference in Islamabad that the party sent the letter to the IMF.

According to PTI spokesperson Raoof Hasan, the letter was being sent “under the instructions and on behalf” of Khan. Party’s Zulfikar Bukhari had confirmed the letter to Reuters.

The PTI had agreed to support the lender’s financing facility for Pakistan on condition that free and fair elections be held in the country during the last interaction between Khan and IMF representatives in 2023.

The international lender had sought support from all political parties after agreeing with Islamabad on the $3 billion standby arrangement.

Last week, the IMF declined to comment on the country’s political situation after Khan’s aides said they would urge the Fund to call for an independent audit of the disputed elections before any more talks with Islamabad.

The multi-party coalition, which is expected to make the central government, slammed the letter. Imran Khan’s party called on the IMF to honour its commitment to demanding free and fair elections.

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Dogar was the party’s nominated candidate for the NA speaker slot. But he lost the election for the seat against PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq earlier this week.

In the interview, Dogar clarified that it could be a suggestion. “There is a big difference between writing a letter and a letter written.”

He went on to say that it could be an option. When the host pressed him on the letter, he asked that if it was written than “you should tell”. Dogar added that there was no such thing at the moment.

“It could be under consideration, a suggestion, or an option,” he said, “but as of now on record, there is no such thing.”

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