Finance minister briefs 'straight-faced' President Alvi on govt economic plan.

ISLAMABAD -- Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday called on President Dr Arif Alvi and briefed him on the government's plans to provide relief to the masses hit by unprecedented inflation.

According to a press release of the Presidency issued here, Mr Dar and President Alvi discussed the overall economic and financial outlook of the country.

'In the meeting held at the Aiwan-i-Sadr, the finance minister briefed the president on various steps taken by the government to provide relief to the general public, particularly the unprivileged population and the flood-affected people,' the press release said.

'Various matters concerning finance and economy also came under discussion,' it added.

Though nothing was said officially, PML-N sources say that the issue of selection of army chief was also discussed.

In the video clip of the meeting released by the Presidency, the body language of President Alvi and his expression-less face was quite obvious as if he was not pleased with meeting the finance minister. Mr Alvi also did not see in the eyes of Mr Dar, sitting close to him, even for a single time in the clip.

On Thursday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan had expressed the fear that Pakistan would have to compromise on its national security if the country defaulted and went bankrupt. He had claimed that...

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