Tariq Bajwa says left SBP to avoid conflict with govt

Updated May 05, 2019

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Outgoing State Bank of Pakistan governor Tariq Bajwa. ─ DawnNewsTV/File
Outgoing State Bank of Pakistan governor Tariq Bajwa. ─ DawnNewsTV/File

KARACHI: Tariq Bajwa, the outgoing governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), has said that he has resigned from the office to avoid confrontation with the government.

Mr Bajwa was replying to a question on a private news channel on Saturday night that as to why he quit his office before completing his three-year term. He said a confrontation between the government and the central bank was not in the interest of the country. “So, I preferred to tender my resignation instead of approaching courts,” he added.

Mr Bajwa said that the country’s interests were more important than his job. He said he would go to the office on Monday and return after relinquishing the charge.

On Friday evening, Mr Bajwa was asked to resign while he was in Islam­abad for talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Published in Dawn, May 5th, 2019