'Read books on economy': Zardari confident of taking forex reserves to $100bn

"There is a solution to do everything in politics," former president says

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PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari speaks during a National Assembly Session in Islamabad, on 10, 2023. — PPI
PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari speaks during a National Assembly Session in Islamabad, on 10, 2023. — PPI

  • Asif Ali Zardari says jail gave him time to read books on economy.
  • "There is a solution to do everything in politics," ex-president says.
  • "Elections will take place when I say so," Zardari says.


Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said Tuesday that during his time in jail, he read several books on the economy and is confident of taking the country's dwindling foreign exchange reserves to $100 billion.

Zardari, who served jail time in the 1990s and the 2000s, said as he studied books on the economy, his advice helped the then-PPP government to boost the forex reserves to $24 billion.

"When I take charge of the economy, I will take the foreign exchange reserves to $100 billion," Zardari told PPP ticket holders during a meeting at Bilawal House in Lahore.

The PPP elder mentioned that the army's budget isn't that big, however, it is targeted by unnecessary propaganda.

"There is a solution to do everything in politics. Those who don't understand politics, they don't even have solutions," Zardari, who served as the president from 2008 to 2013, said.

The PPP co-chairman, without elaborating, said "they" cannot hold elections within the next two months and polls will only take place when "I say so".

Pakistan currently faces a balance of payment crisis as the economic crisis takes a toll on the economy, with the forex reserves standing just above $4 billion, enough for less than a month's imports.

The South Asian nation has also so far failed to arrange external financing as the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) bailout programme remains stalled. Pakistan has no other option but to revive the programme and avoid a default.