ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Senator Sherry Rehman raised questions regarding the government’s deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and amnesty scheme while keeping the opposition in the dark over the issues.
“Since the government has prorogued both houses of parliament, what we know of the deal, we know through the media. The government must immediately clarify the terms of the deal before the parliament and the people of Pakistan,” said the Senator.
“The IMF’s official statement says that current arrangements would be rebalanced with the provinces, what does this mean? This is highly questionable because the NFC is a constitutional matter,” said Rehman.
The Senator said: “PTI said it would prefer committing suicide over striking a deal with the IMF but ever since it assumed power, all they did was take huge multi-lateral loans like the $9.2 billion loan it took right in front of us. The total in nine months, which has come to Rs3.653 trillion, is even more mindboggling.”
She said everyone was aware that the government has done “the worst kind of borrowing” in the history of this country and stacked it on against its future.
The Senator said the government has knelt down before the IMF like no other government has ever done.
“As far as the amnesty scheme goes, the government’s former finance minister used to say that it would not go for one at any cost. They criticised it just as much as we did. Amnesty schemes are limited and cannot be introduced frequently,” she remarked.
“If the government just wanted to whiten black money then why did it make big promises? The government claimed that the amnesty scheme is for the corrupt, if so, who is it offering this scheme to now? Who are the friends who would benefit from this? Important questions are piling up and the government is slowly getting exposed,” the Senator said.
“If the government has good intentions why is it only briefing its members and allied parties on the IMF deal? Why is it intimidated by the parliament? Why is it hiding? The prime minister has only come to the Senate once in nine months. What kind of ‘Naya’ Pakistan are they building where democracy and the parliament are being sidelined?” Rehman questioned.