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Imran Khan Urges IMF to Audit Election Before Approving Loan

Imran Khan, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has confirmed that he has penned a letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In this letter, he has requested the global financial institution to conduct an audit of the recent election results before sanctioning any new loan to Pakistan.

Khan expressed his concerns during a hearing of the £190 million reference at Adiala Jail. He questioned the implications of accepting a loan under the current circumstances, asking, “If the country gets a loan in such a situation, then who will return it?” He warned that such a loan could exacerbate poverty and increase the country’s debt unless there is investment in the country.

This revelation comes a day after PTI senator Ali Zafar announced that Khan had decided to write to the IMF. The letter urges the IMF to audit the February 8 election before continuing discussions with Islamabad about a new loan programme. However, the IMF has expressed its readiness to work with the new Pakistani government, seemingly overlooking Khan’s request.

Former finance minister Ishaq Dar, a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), dismissed the significance of the letter. He condemned any action against the country’s national interest and labelled any personal gain as shameful.

Khan also addressed the issue of political stability in Pakistan, stating that it should be the first priority. He accused Nawaz Sharif of destroying institutions for his “selection”. He claimed that he was made a scapegoat for Sharif, and then elections were rigged.

In a surprising turn of events, former Rawalpindi commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatha, who had previously alleged large-scale electoral rigging, withdrew all his allegations. He expressed his deep shame and embarrassment and took full responsibility for his actions. He has offered himself up for any legal action by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

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