Dear Ishaq Dar, your statement is beyond the comprehension of this nation

The extracts from the interview are given below, “Pakistan will soon stop looking towards IMF for assistance

The last session with IMF is underway right now

” He went on to say that by 2050 Pakistan will become the 18th biggest economic nation across the world

It is imperative to note in the world of finance which is governed by cash flow management or balance sheet adjustments, the word ‘soon’ needs to be quantified  especially when it boils down to the commitments of  Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)

The country was supposed to be free from load shedding in three months which now has been changed to five years; the ground reality suggests that it is not happening as usual it was a political stunt to get maximum votes at the time of elections

On the contrary, one should visit the website of IMF to find out what is happening, “Summary: A 36 month, SDR 4,393 million (216 % of quota) Extended Arrangement under the EFF was approved by the Executive Board on September 4, 2013 and the ninth review was completed on December 18, 2015, for a total disbursement of SDR 3

6 billion

1 The 11th tranche amounting to SDR 360 million will be available upon the completion of this review

” The publication date is April 1, 2016

It may be concluded that the latest stunt of property tax may be looked upon as a bridge finance to avert further borrowing

The current regime has embarked upon setting up power projects and has made another political stunt by claiming that Chinese investment is here

It might be news to readers that each investment project is backed by sovereign guarantee of government of Pakistan – these in pure finance terms are called debt

The projects being setup are on the strength of the government of Pakistan guarantee rather than the investment climate of the country

It may not be out of place to claim that any individual can get any amount of investment from any part of the world provided the initiative is backed by a government of Pakistan or even a local bank’s guarantee

The nation should comprehend that the repayment on each loan is guaranteed which is inclusive of interest repayment as well

PML-N has played its cards well as they are sure of their failure in 2018 elections and any political party taking over will fail with a maximum period of 24 months resulting in the return of PML-N and we shall then witness the commencement of a mega media campaign on liquidity/reserves level converging into abnormal increase in inflationary pressures via indirect taxation

The perspective being produced here is of any sane Pakistani and we are aware that all the projects being targeted are under implementation stages which is generally between 18 to 24 months and the repayment burden will fall on the next regime

Pakistan Total External Debt 2002-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar External debt in Pakistan increased to $69558 million in the first quarter of 2016 from $68452 million in the fourth quarter of 2015

External debt in Pakistan averaged $50374

16 million from 2002 until 2016, reaching an all-time high of $69558 million in the first quarter of 2016 and a record low of $33172 million in the third quarter of 2004

External debt in Pakistan is reported by the State Bank of Pakistan

It is difficult, if not impossible to conclude that the ever growing debt is leading the country towards bankruptcy

Martial Law is ‘not’ in the offing only because of the financial health of the country otherwise soldiers would have been at the helm of affairs

The army leadership is in a fix as the popularity gained in the northern part of the country will be tarnished in the federal capital if they ever make the mistake of takeover

The heavy debt services in the next decade will be a testing time for the country

The ultimate ‘tragedy’ is that Pakistan has been put under lien to China for making up the shortfall in the power sector but no one has bothered to see the recovery rate of DISCOs

The sale of electricity is a loss making business in the country which is governed by kunda culture and electricity theft

I am afraid that maybe if all the power projects are commissioned, we will end up having more electricity than we can afford to pay for and the government of Pakistan will be doing the deficit financing

My dear Federal Minister for Finance, your statement is beyond the comprehension of this nation

Date:03-Aug-2016 Reference:View Original Link