Punjab governor criticizes Pakistan-IMF deal
LONDON: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar on Wednesday criticized the deal the Pakistani government signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying the money lender demanded everything we have (as collateral) against the loans granted to us.
Speaking to reporters in London, Chaudhry Sarwar said the party had not told him to resign from his post and that the impression given that he had been sidelined was also not correct.
Meanwhile, UK-based PTI leader Aneel Musarrat has also dismissed rumors of differences between Mohammad Sarwar and the party.
Asked about the Punjab governor’s dissatisfaction with the PTI, Aneel Mussarat said even siblings often quarrel.
“There is nothing like it here, Muhammad Sarwar is an old comrade, he does not seem angry and will also be with us in the next elections,” he said.
Aneel Mussarat has said Imran Khan will fight to keep his promises over the past two years.
Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar raised his eyebrows earlier this week when he spoke out against the PTI.
“I never asked for the post of governor, but the party leadership asked me to accept it,” he said.
“When you are in a party, you have to accept the party’s decision and you cannot rebel against it. It was the unanimous decision of our party,” Sarwar said.
When asked by a reporter if this had been done to sideline him, the Punjab governor agreed, saying he found out later. Criticizing the government, he said the outdated system had failed to meet the needs of the people.
Sarwar said he could have been of service to the masses if he had been given any other role, adding that he was doing his best to fulfill his duty in those areas where he could exercise his domain.
The governor of Punjab had declared: “so far, we have not succeeded in introducing judicial and police reforms”.
“A Pakistani tragedy that we have not strengthened our institutions. Successive governments have failed. We are chasing personalities and not thinking about institution building.”