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New Appointments by PTI Government: Even Imran Didn’t Know the Reasons Behind the Change, says Bilawal

Criticising the government over the recent appointments of economic adviser, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday questioning whether these appointments were made on the dictation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Bilawal, who was speaking to reporters outside the Parliament House, said that the government had offered no explanation for the sudden changes, reported Dawn.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had appointed Hafeez Sheikh as the economic adviser without even meeting him and no one, including the premier, knew the reasons behind the change.

But Bilawal’s main target was the appointment of Dr Raza Baqir as SBP governor and asked: “How can IMF negotiate with IMF?”

He said the heads of SBP and FBR were removed, adding that the person appointed as SBP governor was previously receiving his salary from the IMF.

No matter how good or bad Baqir is, there will be suspicion as to whether IMF is taking these decisions, said Bilawal.

Bilawal said although the PPP too had sought a deal from the IMF but his party had never compromised on Pakistan’s financial rights.

About the PML-N’s decision to change the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson, Bilawal said that the PPP had not been taken into confidence.

“They [PML-N] might not have had a chance,” he said. “But yesterday one of their members said in the assembly that the decision was not final.”

He said it had been decided in the Charter of Democracy that the opposition leader would be PAC chairperson so that the accountability process would be transparent and insisted that the practice should be upheld.

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