Pakistan slams IMF meddling in internal affairs.

Pakistan has slammed the InterAnational Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday for allegedly inAtervening in the country's interAnal affairs, which is not the manAdate of the international lender.

IMF Mission Chief for Pakistan Nathan Porter's the other day had said in a statement, while the IMF does not comment on doAmestic politics, the Fund hopes "a peaceful way forward is found in line with the Constitution and the rule of law.'

However, State Minister for FiAnance and Revenue Aisha Ghaus Pasha has termed the IMF's statement as interference in PaAkistan's internal affairs and said that the IMF mission chief's statement is unusual. 'Pakistan is acting according to the law,' she commented and termed it as 'exAtraordinary'.

Talking to the media here, the State Minister hoped that PakiAstan and IMF would reach a staff level agreement before the anAnouncement of the federal budAget to be unveiled on June 9. She further said that the delay is neiAther good for Pakistan nor for the Fund. She confirmed that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has conAtacted IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva for the loan programme revival. Talking about the upcoming budget, she assured that the budget would provide relief to the people as this will be an 'election year budget'. 'IMF allows...

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