Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday summoned a high-level meeting to discuss the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of his country’s $6 billion loan agreement with the which was finalized following months of negotiations between the two sides. Pakistan, currently battling to stave off an economic crisis, secured the bailout from the global lender on Sunday night. The funding, which still needs approval from the IMF’s management, would be provided over three years. The government’s deal with the IMF drew heavy criticism from the opposition over an almost certain possibility of higher inflation and slower economic growth, Geo News reported.
A session of the National Assembly will be held later on Monday where the opposition parties are expected to slam the bailout agreement. The latest agreement marks Pakistan’s 22nd bailout from the International Monetary Fund as the country’s economy teeters due to low growth, soaring inflation, and mounting debt. “The IMF team has reached a staff-level agreement on economic policies that could be supported by a 39-month Extended Fund Arrangement (EFF) for about $6 billion,” the IMF had announced in a press release. (IANS)
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