ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan on Monday said the PTI government will soon overcome economic challenges through its reform programme. She in a statement said the government struck an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to improve the economic condition of the country and for the benefit of people. Ms Awan said the country faces economic crisis owing to previous rulers’ mismanagement and corrupt practices.
She said “Ehsas Programme” will be expanded and its budget will be enhanced from Rs100 billion to Rs180 billion. In a statement on Sunday, the special assistant had said Prime Minister Imran Khan was fighting for the rights of downtrodden segments of society. “The prime minister is making concerted efforts to ensure supremacy of merit in the country. He is fighting the case of 220 million people,” she said while addressing a ceremony in Sialkot. She said that a new local government system had been introduced in Punjab which would ensure devolution of power to the grass-root level.
She said that the new local government system was the first step towards creation of a new Pakistan. The special assistant to prime minister on information said that this new system would play a compelling role in resolving people’s issues at their doorstep.
Earlier, The talks between the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a proposed bailout package will continue in the capital on Sunday, after Prime Minister Imran Khan reportedly rejected the draft of a staff-level agreement between the two sides.
The government and the global lender were said to have made “good progress” in their discussions on Friday for a loan agreement, purported to be valued at around $6-7 billion. However, when Adviser to PM on Finance Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and other officials called on the prime minister and apprised him of the bailout package and the global lender’s conditions, the premier turned down the draft over inflation concerns.
According to sources within the Ministry of Finance, Pakistani officials and the IMF.— Online