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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 inaugural flight of Azerbaijan Airlines is between Baku and Karachi.

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The national airline of Azerbaijan launched direct flights from Baku to Karachi today. There will be two weekly flights on this route, on Thursdays and Sundays.

The first flight will land in Karachi, and Azerbaijan’s ambassador, Khazar Farhadov, will be there to greet it.

This evening also marks the departure of the inaugural flight from Karachi to Baku in addition to the arrival of the flight from Baku.

Azerbaijan Airlines said last month that it would be growing its network and flight operations in Pakistan.

Aviation insiders have verified that Azerbaijan Airlines is preparing to launch service to Karachi in the coming month of April.

In addition to its current services in Islamabad and Lahore, the airline plans to launch its Karachi route on April 18, with the inaugural flight anticipated to depart on that date.

Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to operate flights on the Karachi route, according to sources within the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Following a bilateral agreement between the two nations, Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to extend its operations in Pakistan.

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Fly Jinnah opens a new route internationally.

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Two weekly flights will be the starting frequency of the new route, which will connect the two cities.

According to a representative for Fly Jinnah, the company is pleased to announce the opening of a third international route from Islamabad to Muscat, the capital city of Oman, marking another significant milestone after the successful debut of flights from Islamabad and Lahore to Sharjah.

According to him, this development is in line with our goal of giving our clients more options for reasonably priced, value-driven local and international air travel.

The airline serves five main cities in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Quetta. Its fleet consists of five Airbus A320 aircraft, all of which are contemporary.

In addition to the current flight path to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, this new route expands Fly Jinnah’s network of foreign destinations.

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After taking an oath to lead JI, Hafiz Naeem declares an anti-government movement.

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The JI’s headquarters, Mansoora, hosted an oath-taking ceremony that was attended by workers, party leaders, and former chief of the party Sirajul Haq, Liaqat Baloch, and others from around the nation.

Speaking at the event, Hafiz Naeem—who was elected as the JI’s sixth Ameer—reaffirmed the party’s commitment to advancing its principles and goals and stated that he believed the JI would lead the nation as a whole.

He added that his party would start a broad campaign against the “fake democratic” process and Form 47, which the government “imposed.” He went on, “Workers should get ready for the movement.”

Hafiz Naeem further urged the JI to collaborate with like-minded groups who feel that the public mandate was “stolen” on February 8.

Hafiz Naeem succeeded Maulana Abul Ala Maududi (1941–72), Sirajul Haq (2013–2024), Qazi Hussain Ahmed (1987–2008), Munawer Hassan (2008–2013), and Mian Tufail Muhammad (1972–87) as the sixth individual to occupy the top spot in the party.

Sirajul Haq was replaced as Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan by Hafiz Naeem, who was elected earlier on April 4.

Voting was done by some 45,000 party members nationwide, according to the election commission that the JIP’s Majlis-e-Shura created.

Approximately 6,000 female party members participated in the election process, according to the election commission. There was a registered turnout of 82 percent overall.

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