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FIA seeks to arrest Shaukat Tarin for “derailing” deal with IMF

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investment Agency (FIA) has requested permission from the Ministry of Interior to launch legal proceedings against former finance minister Senator Shaukat Tarin in connection with the investigation into his leaked audio calls, which were allegedly intended to derail the federal government’s deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

According to official sources, the primary investigating agency has also requested permission from the interior ministry to arrest Tarin. According to the reports, the FIA has completed its investigation into the leaked audio calls case against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, and the lawmaker has been found guilty.

According to the findings of the FIA, Tarin’s phone discussion with previous finance ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Mohsin Leghari and Taimur Khan Jhagra, was intended to sabotage Pakistan’s accord with the IMF for loan tranche delivery. According to the investigation, he intended to jeopardize the country’s security and national interests.

After two different audio calls of Tarin with Leghari and Jhagra became viral on social media last year, the federal government instructed the FIA to conduct an investigation.

Tarin was allegedly heard in both calls urging both finance ministers to backtrack on pledges made with the federal government before the IMF executive board meeting to authorize the transfer of a $1.18 billion tranche to Pakistan as part of a rescue package. He asked them to notify the federal government that the provinces would be unable to achieve a budget surplus, as required by the IMF, due to the disastrous floods that have ravaged the country.

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