The former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, expressed his confidence in returning to power this year, but expressed his fear of the possibility of “election fraud”, and said that “there is no alternative” if he wins, to support the continued role of the “International Monetary Fund” in the country “for fear of Sri Lanka status,” referring to the risk of Islamabad defaulting on its debt.
Khan, who was dismissed from office following a vote of confidence last year, said in an interview with “Bloomberg” that he is preparing a “radical” plan to support the economy, which is expected to be in a worse state by the time of the elections, which are likely to take place after next August.
The Monetary Fund has not yet approved the disbursement of $1.1 billion in financing that was scheduled for last November, at a time when Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves are no longer sufficient, except to cover one month’s imports.
Khan has taken to the streets since leaving office, leading to protests aimed at forcing the current government, headed by Shahbaz Sharif, to call snap elections.
In one of his government’s recent major decisions, Khan cut fuel prices in a way that disrupted the IMF program, a decision he said was “based on getting fuel at discounted prices from Russia,” stressing that “in a three-hour conversation, the Russian president pledged Vladimir Putin is helping Pakistan with energy supplies.”-
Khan said he would pursue an “independent foreign policy” that does not depend on any country such as the United States or China. He gave the example of neighboring arch-rival India, which has friendly relations with the United States but still imports discounted oil from Russia and trades with China.--
He pointed out that he enjoyed an excellent relationship with former President Donald Trump, pointing out that the relationship deteriorated with the United States when Joe Biden (the US president) came, and said: “I found for some reason that there is reluctance there,” referring to the reason for that because Washington was not She needs someone to blame her for getting out of Afghanistan.
Khan said he believes the upcoming elections “may be rigged” to keep him out of power, noting that Sharif’s ruling coalition and some members of the country’s establishment are “scared” because “they were part of regime change, we know exactly who is responsible for that.”
The former prime minister added that he still believed his life was in danger, and blamed the current prime minister and an intelligence officer for an attack on him last November, an accusation that both denied.
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