Dar 'unfit for job': Tarin hits back at criticism of white paper.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shaukat Tarin has said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar lacks an understanding of the economy and is unfit for the job.

In a rejoinder issued to Mr Dar's presser held on Jan 4 in response to the PTI's white paper on the country's economic situation, Mr Tarin said: 'Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's press conference on Jan 4 was an attempt to divert attention from the miseries inflicted by the [Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)] imported regime on 220 million Pakistanis.'

He claimed all the numbers mentioned in the white paper were based on actual data from the Economic Survey, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff reports.

'Real focus is on the mess that we inherited and how we turned around the economy with a stellar six per cent growth over two consecutive years despite the Covid pandemic,' Mr Tarin added, and said the PDM government had failed to present a roadmap for the economy, increasing SBP reserves and avoiding a default on external debt payments.

Ex-minister says all numbers in document based on data from Economic Survey, SBP, IMF reports

He castigated the finance minister for failing to present solutions to address record high inflation faced by the masses, claiming that potentially four to five million people risked unemployment owing to the failed policies of the incumbent government.

In comparison, under the PTI government, an average of 1.8m jobs were created every year, he claimed.

The former minister maintained the SBP reserves under the PDM government had declined sharply to only $5.8 billion in December, only enough to cover a month of imports. There was no clarity on resumption of the IMF programme and financial assistance from friendly countries.

'How is it possible that the government has funds to run a jumbo-sized federal cabinet of 76 ministers, but no money to provide relief to the people?' Mr Tarin questioned.

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