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Government Criticizes PTI for Involving EU and IMF in Domestic Disputes

Government Criticizes PTI for Involving EU and IMF in Domestic Disputes

The recent accusations made by Information Minister Attaullah Tarar against the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) regarding their alleged efforts to undermine Pakistan’s interests by approaching international forums such as the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have sparked controversy and denials from the PTI and the EU.


Tarar accused the PTI of attempting to sabotage Pakistan’s economic agreements, particularly with the IMF, by allegedly writing letters to these international bodies. He claimed that such actions were against the national interest and aimed at harming the country’s economy.

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In response, a PTI spokesperson vehemently denied the accusations, labeling them as lies and falsehoods. The spokesperson emphasized that the PTI had not written any letters to the EU regarding Pakistan’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Plus status, nor did it have any plans to do so. The PTI defended its efforts in facilitating the IMF program and criticized Tarar for diverting attention from more pressing issues, such as recovering looted national wealth.

Meanwhile, the EU delegation in Islamabad clarified that it had not received any official communication from the PTI regarding Pakistan’s GSP Plus status. The GSP Plus status, granted to Pakistan since 2014, provides trade incentives to encourage adherence to international standards in areas such as human rights, labor rights, and governance. However, concerns over human rights violations, including enforced disappearances and declining media freedom, have led to calls for a review of Pakistan’s GSP Plus status by the European Parliament.

While the accusations and denials continue, the controversy underscores the importance of international agreements and the need for transparency and accountability in Pakistan’s diplomatic and economic relations with the global community.