Pakistan to seek IMF loans to help hold up economyStaff Writer | October 9, 2018
A cash-strapped Pakistan has announced it is going to approach the International Monitory Fund to prop up the country’s tottering economy.
Asia Finance Minister Asad Umar
“Prime Minister Imran Khan after consultation with all the stakeholders and economic experts has given the go-ahead to open talks with the IMF for a bailout program," said Umar, a longtime opponent of borrowing from abroad.
Though he did not specify the amount Pakistan will seek, local media cited anonymous Finance Ministry officials saying that the IMF is likely to approve a $10 billion bailout package.
“The negotiations will aim to reach a stabilization recovery program, which can be used to tackle the economic crisis,” said Umar. ■