Imran Khan Urges IMF to Audit Pakistan Election Results Before Loan Approval

Political tensions have escalated in Pakistan following the coalition agreement between PML-N, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and their allies

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan has confirmed sending a letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), requesting an audit of election results in Pakistan before considering any new loan for Islamabad.

In a statement to the media, Khan emphasized the importance of ensuring transparency in the electoral process, particularly in light of concerns regarding the country’s mounting debt and increasing poverty levels. He expressed apprehension about the implications of acquiring additional loans without addressing alleged electoral irregularities.

Khan’s confirmation follows earlier remarks by PTI senator Ali Zafar, who disclosed that the party’s leadership had decided to urge the IMF to conduct an audit of the February 8 election results before engaging in further discussions regarding a new loan program for Pakistan. However, reports suggest that the IMF has shown willingness to collaborate with the new Pakistani government, seemingly disregarding Khan’s request.

In response to Khan’s letter, former finance minister of Pakistan and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ishaq Dar criticized the move, denouncing it as a pursuit of personal gain. Dar asserted that Khan’s actions lacked significance and were motivated by self-interest.

Pakistan’s ongoing economic challenges have prompted efforts to secure financial assistance, with the country currently relying on a short-term USD 3 billion program from the IMF. However, this program is nearing its expiration, prompting discussions for a new, potentially larger loan program under the new administration.

Political tensions have escalated in Pakistan following the coalition agreement between PML-N, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and their allies, leading to nationwide protests by PTI and other political parties disputing the election results. PTI has demanded that election results be based on Form 45, which provides data from individual polling stations, alleging widespread vote rigging and irregularities, particularly after its independent candidates secured a majority in the national assembly.

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