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Imran Khan writes to IMF, seeks election audit before new loan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 February 2024, 10:33 IST
Imran Khan writes to IMF

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, confirmed on Friday that he had sent a letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) demanding that it hold an audit of the election results before approving any new loan for Islamabad, The News International reported.

Concerns over Loan Approval

"The letter has been written to the IMF and will be dispatched today. If the country gets a loan in such a situation, then who will return it?" PTI leader told the media.

Imminent Threat of Increased Poverty: Imran Khan

The former PM warned that the loan would lead to more poverty and add to the country's burden.

PTI's Call for Election Audit

According to the News International report, Khan's update about the letter comes a day after PTI senator Ali Zafar announced that the party founder had decided to write to the global lender urging it to call for an audit of the February 8 election before it continues talks with Islamabad for a new loan programme.

IMF's Response to PTI's Request

However, the IMF, on Saturday, expressed willingness to work with the new Pakistani government, ignoring his demand, the news report stated.

Ishaq Dar Dismisses Significance of the Letter

Meanwhile, former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the letter holds no significance, adding that it is condemnable if the PTI founder has written against the country's national interest.

Criticism from PML-N Leader

"Writing anything for personal gain is shameful. PTI founder's letter will have no significance," Dar, a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), told media outside the Punjab Assembly.

First published: 24 February 2024, 10:33 IST