PM Shehbaz says IMF loan revival not to ease Pakistan’s woes

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has declared that Pakistan’s woes will not ease even after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agrees to revive the loan programme.

Addressing the PML-N senators on Thursday, Shehbaz Sharif said although the government has finalized the conditions with the IMF for the loan revival the difficulties Pakistan is facing will not go away.

The prime minister expressed the hope that the agreement with the IMF will be through if the Fund does not impose any new conditions.

Shehbaz Sharif said that the allies have decided that the incumbent government will complete its tenure. He divulged that some coalition friends were of the view that they should move towards elections after undertaking reforms. “But, it’s final now, we will complete our term,” he added.

Assailing the previous PTI government, the prime minister said the Imran Khan government had finalized an agreement with the IMF but did not implement it.

“When defeat stared in their faces they deliberately lowered the petrol price and even did not bother for the federal cabinet’s approval,” he said.