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Main concern is to lift our people out of poverty, PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said his government’s “main concern is to lift our people out of poverty” and given the challenges posed by the third coronavirus wave, Pakistan will be approaching the International Monetary Fund for assistance.

His remarks came as he held a meeting in Islamabad with members of the United Nations Development Programme, during the launch of a report released by the global body on human development in Pakistan.

PM Imran Khan said that despite Pakistan’s economy moving in the right direction with indicators achieving positivity, due to the third coronavirus wave, “we see disruptions ahead” and so the International Monetary Fund will have to be approached.

“The service industry has been really badly hit […] we will have to give incentive packages,” said the premier, noting that a new Ehsaas Programme effort will require the IMF’s help.

“The head of IMF realises, I have read her statement and I think she realises this is a very unique situation. You cannot suppress demand and you cannot impose restrictions when the people are already suffering,” PM Imran Khan said.

“So will be talking to them personally and I also look forward to reading in detail your suggestions how we can protect the most vulnerable in our society,” the premier said.

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