CHI - Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and PML-F head Pir Pagaro have said that Pakistan would not need IMF loans if President Asif Zardari, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and other politicians, having accounts in foreign banks, bring their money back to country.
They were addressing a joint press conference on Thursday at Kingri House.
"No government can meet tough conditions of the International Monetary Fund," said PML-F chief Pagaro. He added that such loan would be tantamount to hand over Pakistan to the IMF. Pir Pagaro claimed that 2009 would be the year of changes in the country.
He said that 2009 would be the year of political change in the country bringing real leadership to fore. Responding to the privatisation of Qadirpur Gas-field, PML-F chief questioned why only Sindh's assets were being sold?
To a question, he said that he didn't see any significant role of Chaudhry Brothers in the Pakistani politics. He added that Hamid Nasir Chattha would not be leading the PML-Q in near future. Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Rashid said that the nation shouldn't be made scapegoat for tough IMF conditions and leading politicians must bring their wealth back to Pakistan.
He said that peace in Afghanistan could not be established as long as the US-led forces were deployed there.
Rashid claimed that more than 300 bungalows of foreign diplomats were lying vacant in the country because they were reluctant to bring their families to Pakistan.