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Statement on Senate floor regarding IMF programme being quoted out of context: Ishaq Dar

  • Says remarks that Pakistan has sovereign right to develop its nuclear programme should not be linked with ongoing negotiations with IMF
Published March 20, 2023
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Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday looked to clarify that his comments regarding Pakistan’s nuclear programme last week were “being quoted out of context” and they should not be linked with ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In a statement issued by the Finance Division on Monday, Dar said that his remark “with regards to Pakistan’s Nuclear Program was in response to a colleague senator’s specific question, wherein, I emphasised that Pakistan has sovereign right to develop its nuclear programme, as it best suits our national interests, without any external dictation, which, by no means should in any way whatsoever be linked with the ongoing negotiations with the IMF”.

“My statement on the floor of the Senate of Pakistan on March 16, 2023, in response to a query regarding reasons for delay in IMF programme, is being quoted out of context.

“It is clarified that neither IMF nor any other country has attached any conditionality or made any demand from Pakistan with regard to its nuclear capability and the delay in IMF staff level agreement is purely due to technical reasons, for which we are continuously engaged with the IMF in order to conclude it at the earliest, the finance minister said.

On March 16, Senator Raza Rabbani had asked Dar if the delay in the IMF programme was due to “some sort of pressure exerted on Pakistan’s nuclear or is it that there is some pressure on the strategic relationship between us and China? Or is it that some imperial power in the new context of the world order want a presence in the region?”

Dar responded that there will be “no compromise” on the country’s nuclear and missile programmes.

“Let me assure you that … nobody is going to compromise anything on the nuclear or the missile program of Pakistan, no way!” he said.

“We are responsible citizens of Pakistan, we are here to protect and guard our national interest.”

“Nobody has any right to tell Pakistan what range of missiles it can have, and what nuclear weapons it can have. We have to have our own deterrence,” he added.

His statement was seen by some followers as being linked with the IMF programme that has seen an incessant delay.

However, many also believed the remarks were to be seen in isolation, and not linked with ongoing talks with the IMF.


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KJ Mar 20, 2023 08:34pm
Billion mochras to people who brought this moron to destroy country's economy!
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Rabia Mar 20, 2023 08:43pm
Keya family k hr person ko mily ga, agr family mn 6 bndy hn to 6 ko mily ga
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Bushra Mar 20, 2023 09:16pm
Villifying imf for cheap brownie points, pathetic
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samir Mar 20, 2023 09:56pm
We're the only Islamic nuclear superpower. Even after we promised protection to Saudi they are not helping us with finance, most likely due to the havoc IK supporters are creating. It's a sad situation.
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Tulukan Mairandi Mar 20, 2023 10:01pm
This guy is a habitual liar
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Tulukan Mairandi Mar 20, 2023 10:02pm
@samir, you can't be a superpower if you're broke. Pakistan has foreign reserves for 1 month of peacetime imports only. Pakistan will be forced to surrender with 1 week of a war!
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zh Mar 20, 2023 10:13pm
True the moron does not mention that his statement was in response to the letter by a PPP senator who asked about the negotiation with IMF.
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He has already made a mess of the ongoing IMF negotiations.
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bonce richard Mar 21, 2023 01:33am
@samir, I agreed but Saudia Arabia always helps us when the time comes we stand on our own feet. Since 1947 we are begging for money from others.
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Az_Iz Mar 21, 2023 03:41am
Really? Why don’t you go abroad on medical treatment pretext and stay there. The country will be better off.
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Amirmunir Mar 21, 2023 06:19pm
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