Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar has said that the coalition government’s approach of doing whatever the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says and hoping to give relief to the public next year is not workable because the establishment cannot be trusted. In an apparent reference to the military establishment, Khokhar tweeted, “how certain [are we] that [the] boys will let us reach that finish line?”
The senator said in a tweet on Saturday that theoretically, the assumption is that giving in to the IMF’s tough budgeting directives will be followed by giving the people economic relief the upcoming year. Right after that, the government will ‘happily’ hold elections.
However, the senator questioned, can it be ascertained that the ‘boys’ will let governments reach that end goal of elections smoothly, without any interference?
Khokhar also seemed skeptical of the incumbent government’s decision to give in to the IMF’s demands and raise fuel prices.
He said in a tweet that the decision to go to the IMF should be taken by a new government with a fresh mandate, a statement that deviated from the official policy line taken by his party.
Elaborating further while speaking to The News, he asked why should the current government be burdened with Imran Khan’s ‘failures’, saying that this was his own personal opinion.
He tweeted on Friday that fuel prices are expected to rise by an additional Rs 30, and there is the possibility that the IMF might still not be pleased with that.
“The question is, what is the wisdom in carrying the burden of Imran Khan’s failures and bringing the country to the brink of disaster?” he asked.