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Ishaq Dar is guiding government in managing economic crisis: Rana Sanaullah

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  • Sanaullah says PTI govt signed a deal with IMF which was not in favour of Pakistan.
  • He says Dar aware of situation Pakistan currently facing at economic forefront.
  • He says PTI-led government “ruined economy” and it was now difficult to manage it.

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Tuesday said that the incumbent government was seeking guidance from PML-N’s “financial guru” Ishaq Dar to manage the ongoing economic crisis.

Speaking to Geo News’ programme  “Geo Pakistan”, the interior minister said that Dar was aware of the situation Pakistan was currently facing at the economic forefront. 

During the initial days of the coalition government, Dar, who is based in London along with PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, was very active and regularly appeared on TV shows, giving his input on the economy which sparked a debate about who was heading the finance ministry — Miftah Ismail or Dar.

The country is facing a crisis amid a delay in the revival of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) $6 billion loan facility stalled due to policy breaches by the previous government.

Sanaullah said that the PTI government signed a deal with the IMF which was not in favour of Pakistan.

“They [the PTI-led government] agreed to remove all sorts of subsidies despite the fact that the financial condition of our people was not such that they could tolerate more financial burden. They promised zero subsidies on petrol with IMF.”

He said that the incumbent government was reviving the same agreement which the PTI signed with the lender, adding that the PTI-led government “ruined the economy” and it was now difficult to manage it.

“They used to criticise Dar for controlling the dollar rate and when the PTI government came to power it shot up to Rs190 from Rs115. During our two-month tenure, it has ascended further,” the interior minister said.

The minister added that the IMF was not ready to show any flexibility and the dollar rate was increasing due to the delay in the agreement.

“We told the IMF to allow us to remove subsidies in phases but it refused. We will bring down the dollar to 182 after the loan programme is restored,” he claimed. 

On the PTI’s countrywide protest call on Sunday against inflation, Sanaullah maintained that the masses are keeping themselves away from the protest.

“Last time, from among a population of 220 million, only 10,000 to 12,000 responded to Khan’s call,” he said. 

The minister asked the PTI to admit its mistake and sit with the government to talk about an economic pact. 

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The KSE-100 Index rises following a sharp decline in the previous session.

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The government is considering filing a treason case under Article 6 against PTI founder Imran Khan, former president Arif Alvi, and former deputy speaker Qasim Suri. On Tuesday, the KSE-100 Index was up more than 1.3% during early trading, following a day of roughly a 2 percent loss due to growing political unrest and the potential banning of the party.

However, the benchmark index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange was trading at 79,074.63 by 11:49 a.m., having gained 535.45 points, or 0.68 percent, after reaching an intraday high of 79,578.04.

Market analysts said that political tensions were the primary cause of the KSE-100’s earlier Monday decline of 1578.71 points, or 1.97 percent.

They did point out, though, that a correction was a reasonable reaction to the protracted upswing that allowed the benchmark mark index to reach 81,839.86 on July 18.

As a result of interest rate cuts and the possibility of another IMF program, the Pakistan Stock Exchange has gained 22.97 percent so far this year. The cycle began on June 10 with a 1.5 percent decrease in borrowing costs.

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PTI is given further time by the ECP to provide documents in the intra-party election case.

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Following an intra-party elections case, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was given an extension by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday to submit its paperwork.

Hearings were held on the PTI intra-party election case before a three-member bench chaired by Sindh ECP member Nisar Durrani.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ECP member questioned who oversaw the PTI elections as it wasn’t an organization.

Regarding the PTI’s recent election, the ECP voiced no objections. Barrister Gohar, the Chief of PTI, replied, “We plan to address a few legal and technical queries given enough time.”

During the raid on the PTI Central Secretariat, he claimed that the police had seized everything, including crucial party records, and that they had not even left a “water dispenser.”

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In interbank trade, the US dollar crushes the Pakistani rupee.

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During interbank trade on Tuesday, the US dollar’s value increased by 15 paisas, reaching Rs 278.45.

It is important to remember that Fitch Business Monitor International expressed concern about the possibility that Pakistan’s economic stability may be jeopardized by the ongoing political unrest.

The fragile situation of Pakistan’s economic recovery was emphasized by Fitch in its most recent Pakistan Country Risk Report, which also noted that economic activity has been impeded by urban protests.

(PTI),In spite of multiple successful judicial appeals, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) is expected to stay behind bars, the article notes, underscoring the fragile political environment.

With no urgent plans for new elections, this scenario suggests that the coalition administration will remain in office for the next 18 months.

Fitch also described an eventuality in which the government could change and be replaced by a technocratic administration. This suggests that the government of Pakistan would carry out the reforms demanded by the IMF, contributing to the 3.2% GDP growth expected in 2024–2025.

The policy rate has stabilized above projections, while the research predicted it may reach 16 percent this fiscal year and 14 percent the following year.

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