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PPP Saleem Mandviwalla, who was part of the party economics team that met with International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials ahead of the finalization of a new $3 billion deal, said on Saturday that global lenders’ caveat at the time of the consultation was that the election must take place on time.

The IMF had held meetings with political parties in the ruling coalition, as well as the opposition PTI party, before its board approved a stand-by deal for $3 billion earlier this month, a bailout deemed crucial to support the country’s struggling economy, just as a precedent expired.

Consultations were held to obtain assurances from political parties on the implementation of the new lender-backed program that will span three governments.

However, another member of the PPP economic team, Syed Naveed Qamar, said at the time that no discussion regarding the elections had taken place as it was not the mandate of the IMF team.

In the meantime, reports said PTI leader Imran Khan had asked for a guarantee that the elections would be held on time during the meeting with the IMF.

Asked about today’s consultations during DawnNews program Doosra Rukhsaid Mandviwalla, They (IMF) had just one reservation that the elections should be held on time.

To a question about the Fund’s reservations regarding the configuration of the interim that would take over the country’s reign after the dissolution of the National Assembly, the PPP senator replied in the negative.

He was of the opinion that we are responsible for the relations which go wrong with the IMF.

Five finance ministers came and all blamed each other. The IMF believes that although the government agrees to its terms, the political parties are starting a blame game.

So they (the IMF) have basically made a commitment to all the political parties that they will follow the program of the Fund. They took a commitment from us and we gave them a commitment, he said.

He said that the Fund has let the political parties know in the meetings that you are a sovereign country and you have to follow what you agree to.

Mandviwallas’ remarks came as political parties prepare for general elections, with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announcing that the assemblies would be dissolved in August.

But confusion persists over whether coalition partners would opt for the normal dissolution of the NA at the end of its term on August 12, or advise the president to dissolve early.

According to Article 224 of the Constitution, a general election for the National Assembly or a provincial assembly shall be held within 60 days immediately following the day on which the term of the assembly is due to expire, unless the Assembly has been dissolved earlier.

In the event of early dissolution, the ECP is required to hold general elections within 90 days of dissolution, in accordance with Article 224(2).



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