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Shabbar Zaidi claims speech on Pakistan’s bankruptcy is being misreported

During a seminar, Shabbar Zaidi claimed that Pakistan as an entity is bankrupt. He also noted that it is false to say Pakistan is on its way to success due to the developments. This sparked debate on social media. As a result, the former FBR Chairman claims his speech is being misreported.

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Former Chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Shabbar Zaidi claims his speech on Pakistan’s bankruptcy at Hamdard University is being misreported.

To clarify, Wednesday, Hamdard University invited Shabbar Zaidi as a guest speaker for a seminar on “Evolving Pakistan’s Economy: Challenges & Opportunities for youth.”

During the seminar, Shabbar Zaidi claimed that Pakistan as an entity is bankrupt. He also noted that it is false to say Pakistan is on its way to success due to the developments.

“Pakistan as an entity is bankrupt. As we say in accountancy, it’s not going concern in today’s position. We say that everything’s good, we brought Tabdeeli but this is wrong, in my view, the country at this moment is bankrupt,” Shabbar Zaidi said.

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Interestingly, his comments on Pakistan’s bankruptcy gained mass attraction. Many were of the view that his statements are correct. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Finance Minister, Muzzammil Aslam countered Zaidi’s claim saying that the country went bankrupt twice. Pakistan went bankrupt in 1998-99 during PML-N’s tenure and in 2009 during PPP’s tenure.

Important to note, some people even expressed support for Shabbar Zaidi. They stated that he spoke not as a government authority, but as an accounting expert.

Shabbar Zaidi’s reaction

While experts and journalists debated on Shabbar Zaidi’s statements, the former FBR Chairman claimed that media misrepresented his views. Taking to Twitter, Shabbar Zaidi stated that his speech became a target of “cherry-picking.”

“My speech in Hamdard University is being misreported. There was a presentation of half & hour. Only three minutes have been cherry-picked,” Shabbar Zaidi said.

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He also admitted that he did highlight the concern of Pakistan going bankrupt. However, he also suggested looking at the solution.

“Yes, I said that with this constant current account & fiscal deficit there are issues of bankruptcy & going concern but look at the solution,” Shabbar Zaidi said on Twitter.

“What I said was with basis and conviction. I only want to say that whole speech is to read and listen,” he further added.

Meanwhile, Muzzammil Aslam once again hit back by saying that public claims on Pakistan’s bankruptcy are a matter of concern.

However, Shabbar Zaidi reiterated that the situation in Pakistan is not good. He also once again advised Muzzammil Aslam to read the whole presentation.

“I am not a politician. But I know some economics. The situation in Pakistan is not good,” Shabbar Zaidi responded.

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