IMF team to travel to Pakistan in 2-3 days to finalise ninth review PM Shehbaz.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Friday that a delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would travel to Pakistan in two to three days to finalise the ninth review of Pakistan's $7bn Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

He made the remarks while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Hazara Electric Supply Company (HESC) in Islamabad.

Pakistan entered a $6 billion IMF programme in 2019, which was increased to $7bn last year. The programme's ninth review, which would release $1.18bn, is currently pending. It had earlier been put off for two months due to the PML-N-led government's unwillingness to accept certain conditions placed before it by the Fund, and the disagreements have yet to be resolved.

During his address, the premier said he had spoken with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva last night (Thursday) regarding Pakistan's agreements with the international money lender.

He highlighted that he assured Georgieva the current government wished to fulfil the terms of the agreement the previous government had 'broken and shattered'.

He said that Pakistan would try its best to fulfil the terms of the IMF agreement but also highlighted the destruction brought by last year's catastrophic floods.

Shehbaz said he told Georgieva that the 'economic situation is in front of you, I can't burden the common man any further [...] She assured me that she understands my difficulty'.

The premier reiterated that he told the IMF official that Pakistan would try and complete the terms of the agreement.

The premier further said that he asked Georgieva to dispatch a delegation to Pakistan in order to complete the ninth review of the IMF programme. 'She told me that an IMF team will arrive in Pakistan in two to three days'.

'Had not anticipated extent of Imran's destruction'

that he had not anticipated the extent to which PTI Chairman Imran Khan had 'destroyed everything', referring to the country's worsening economic situation.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Hazara Electric Supply Company (HESC) in Islamabad, Shehbaz said: 'We paid a heavy price when we took over the government. We knew the economic situation was bad but I had not anticipated the extent to which that Imran Khan...

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