Reports regarding PM Imran Khan planning to call IMF chief are ‘flawed’, ‘baseless’: Tarin


ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin on Tuesday rejected reports regarding Prime Minister Imran Khan planning to seek the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief’s help to resume a $6 billion loan programme.

On November 11, a local news publication had reported that Prime Minister Imran Khan has “dropped” a plan to make a telephone call to the managing director of the IMF, which the government had purportedly made last week to seek the official’s intervention to remove barriers to the revival of the deal.

The PM’s aide taking to Twitter today rejected the news, terming it as “flawed and baseless”. “Such [a] proposal was never under consideration,” he added.

The publication had reported that the adviser had said that there was no need for a telephone call to the managing director of the IMF.

Tarin agreed that such a question was asked during a press conference on the Kamyab Jawan programme.

He wrote: “The media reporters in the ‘Kamyab Jawan’ asked about PM’s call to [the] IMF chief. My reply was that negotiations are in the advance stage and no need for [a] call.”