IMF responsible for Pakistan’s economic crises: Sanaullah

Rana Sanaullah arrest

Country to face troubles due to propaganda on national, int’l level


Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah on Saturday held the International Monetary Fund responsible for economic crisis as the international lender is pressuring the government to increase fuel prices and withdraw subsidies.

Addressing a ceremony in Faisalabad on Saturday, he said that the country is passing through difficult phase right now and the inflation in the country is due to the IMF.

The minister said that the international lender has tied the loan with the implementation of conditions laid down by it, adding that the prices of commodities will skyrocket if government implement the agreement and with the increase in fuel prices, the inflation will also increase.

“People are making up different stories regarding the IMF agreement, on the other hand, a shameless person wants the country to default,” he added.

Rana Sanaullah said that the government wanted to save the country, but Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan wants default.

Problems of the people are increasing due to the IMF which determines the tax collection and prices of the items,” he added.

The minister said that the IMF insists that the petrol prices should be increased and subsidy should be ended. “The country is facing a loss due to the wrong propaganda,” he added.

Firing fresh broadside at Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Sanaullah feared that Pakistan might witness a “disaster” if the “fitna” returns to power.

The interior minister urged the nation to identify the “man” and exterminate him with the power of the vote.

Berating Khan, Sanaullah said that the former prime minister, under a plot, was spreading negative propaganda that the country would default. The country has to face troubles due to the propaganda on the national and the international level, he added.

The minister held Khan responsible for the recent inflation in the country as the former prime minister had shattered the agreement signed with the International Monetary Fund.

“The IMF is not interested in who the prime minister is,” Sanaullah said, adding that the international lending body asked them first to fulfil all the conditions agreed upon by the previous government and only then it would help the country. He held the former prime minister responsible for all the problems being faced by the country.

Recalling the PML-N-led government’s achievements, the interior minister asked: “When the country was moving forward, what was the need to bring Khan into power?”

Khan and IMF are the reasons behind the ongoing economic crisis in the country, the interior minister said.

He said PM Shehbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar are trying to put minimum burden on the masses. He dared Khan to challenge him over his alleged audio leaks. The minister also dared Khan to call for a forensic audit of the audio leaks purportedly featuring him.

“If it are proved false, then he should be supported,” said Sanaullah.

APP adds: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan handed over a cheque amounting to Rs10 million as compensation to the family of Police Head Constable Syed Adeel Hussain, who sacrificed his life in the line of duty by intercepting a suicide bomber in the Federal Capital’s I-10/4 Sector on December 23.

“Besides, the government will provide a housing unit to the family of its own choice, worth Rs 12.5 million, a full pension coupled with allowances to the martyr’s widow and bear educational expenses of the children, under the Prime Minister’s package,” the minister said while paying tribute to the martyred policeman.

He said that the incumbent government had fully acknowledged the services and sacrifices of Islamabad Police, which was evident from the fact that it had paid arrears amounting to Rs 1.22 billion in ‘one go’ to the heirs/families of the martyrs, pending for many years.