Finance Minister Asad Umar has dismissed rumours of his resignation saying that he is ‘not going anywhere’.
Speaking to the media in Washington, Umar said that whenever he visits a foreign country without Prime Minister Imran Khan, these sort of rumours appear on the media. He said there was no truth in such reports and that he was ‘not going anywhere’.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan told me that Pakistan needed me, so I am not going anywhere,” Umar said.
The Finance Minister said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program will bring improvement in the economy. He said that Pakistan will finalize technical details in the coming week. Asad Umar also said trade activities in the region will improve living standard of the people.
Umar also revealed that Pakistan has prepared a Strategic and Economic Frame Work draft which will be signed with Turkey in the coming two months. Also, a gas-pipeline project has also been signed with Turkmenistan.
The minister said that he had a meeting with his Afghan counterpart and Deputy Foreign Minister of Tajiskistan and there is possibility of trade between the countries.
The Minister said Pakistan has been facing a crisis of balance of payments for a long time and we went to the IMF due to some previous wrong decisions.
Responding to criticism faced by the PTI over seeking help from IMF, Umar said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had also sought the same to come out of economic crisis.
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