Chief of International Monetary Fund (IMF), Herald Finger, denied and claimed that the organization had no relation to the award given to Ishaq Dar as the Finance Minister of the year 2016 for South Asia award.
The officials of IMF took notice of the circumstances when the finance ministry unraveled an announcement on 8th October which stated that ‘Emerging Markets’, the newspaper of the IMF / World Bank Annual Meeting, declared Senator Ishaq Dar as “Finance Minister of 2016 for South Asia”.
“The Award is recognition of Pakistan’s economic performance at the IMF / World Bank Annual Meeting which is one of the major gatherings of international financial and economic leaders and experts. The finance minister has authorised Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani, to receive the award on his behalf,” the press release of the ministry read.
Herald addressed the media through his video message link, on Thursday, that IMF had no links with the magazine “Emerging Markets”.
Wafa Amr, IMF Washington-based media representative for Pakistan also claimed that, “The IMF is not involved with the Emerging Markets publication.”
Herald further clarified various reasons denoting why Ishaq Dar was not a likely candidate to win the said award.