IMF Package Only Way To Put Economy Back On Track: Asad Umar
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Sun 14th October 2018 | 12:09 AM
Minister for Finance Asad Umar on Saturday said an IMF bailout package was unavoidable for Pakistan, which, according to economic experts, was the only way to put the national economy back on track.
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Oct, 2018 ) :Minister for Finance Asad Umar on Saturday said an IMF bailout package was unavoidable for Pakistan, which, according to economic experts, was the only way to put the national economy back on track.
Talking to ptv, the minister said the government had to take the decision to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) because of the high current account deficit as a result of the wrong economic policies adopted by the past government.
He said,"We have sought the package only to get relief for the time being and run the country's economic system smoothly." Meanwhile, the government had planned to improve its capacity by gradually reducing trade deficit, increasing exports, increasing foreign remittances, improving tax revenues, and introducing other revenue generation measures to avoid the IMF packages in future, he added.
The minister said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had reduced the burden on common man, while the last PML-N government had levied increased taxes on those items, which were necessary for common man. The present also imposed heavy taxes on luxury cars and expensive mobile phones, he added.
However, the government would bring reforms in the economic system, he added.
Asad Umar said in the Ministry of Finance decisions were not being made on political basis.
The government, he said, had announced Apna Ghar Scheme to provide shelter to the shelterless and the private investors would also be engaged.
The minister said the PTI government would not take any step contrary to the party's manifesto. Measures were being taken to get back the stolen national wealth stashed abroad and for the purpose national institutions were being strengthened, he added.