Claim by Deputy Minister of Economy of Panama that he met Pakistan’s Finance Minister in Washington is baseless, unfounded and extremely surprising: Spokesman Ministry of Finance

Islamabad, April 16, 2016 (PPI-OT):The spokesman of the Ministry of Finance on Saturday said that the claim by Deputy Minister of Economy, of Panama, Mr. Ivan Zarak during a CNN interview that he met Pakistan’s Finance Minister in Washington, is baseless, unfounded and extremely surprising.

The spokesman added that Finance Minister had cancelled his visit to Washington D.C. where he was scheduled to participate in the WB/IMF Spring Meetings from 14-17 April, 2016. How could Ivan Zarak meet Finance Minister when the latter has not even left Pakistan in the last many weeks. Finance Minister is very much in Pakistan and performing his day to day duties, which are being covered by the media as well.

Pakistan’s Finance Ministry is represented in World Bank/ IMF Spring Meetings, currently in progress, by Federal Finance Secretary, Dr. Waqar Masood Khan due to cancellation of visit by Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar. The matter is being taken up with the CNN for wrong reporting, the spokesman added.

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