According to a report in The News International, the current economic crisis in the country is being blamed on Pakistan’s current and former governments, with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto calling the ongoing bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) obsolete.
He rejected former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claim that the United States had conspired to overthrow him, calling his ouster a milestone in Pakistan’s democracy and saying “Pakistan has a history of prime ministers who have been removed undemocratically and unconstitutionally in various ways.” In an interview at the World Economic Forum.
Bilawal said the ongoing bailout package agreement between Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had no meaning in addition to the global numbers, as well as the country’s internal crisis, The News International reported.
“The IMF agreement is not based on ground realities, and the context has changed dramatically since the agreement was negotiated,” Bilawal said.
He described the IMF agreement as “pre-Covid, pre-Afghanistan collapse, pre-Ukraine crisis deal and pre-inflation deal”.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stressed the challenge of Pakistan’s foreign policy around the world and said he would contest the next election if he wanted to form a government.
Although Davos is dominated by fears surrounding trade blocs and more silent countries, Bhutto Zardari said that multilateral cooperation with neighboring countries and the West is the way forward for Pakistan.
News International reports that Zardari met with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schellenberg on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting.
Keeping the diplomatic stance intact, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had earlier said that the country must engage with the United States at all levels, claiming that he was against anti-hate politics, division and polarization.