Dubai, November 09, 2014 (PPI-OT): Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has said while the successful negotiations with IMF on the 4th and 5th review bear testimony to government’s better economic performance they also augur well for the economic well being of the country and the people.
After concluding this task which paved the way for release of 1.1 billion US$ to Pakistan, I would focus on rehabilitation of flood affectees and IDPs which was also on priority list of the PML-N Government, the Minister added.
The Minister in a statement issued here went on to say he was looking forward to the Donors Conference on 11th November which aimed to generate funds for the benefit of flood victims and the large number of internally displaced persons who needed government’s attention to turn over a new lease of life. He said, he would personally review arrangements for the all important event at a high level meeting on Monday at the Finance Ministry.
The Minister said he hoped for a positive outcome of the conference as the international community was well aware of the economic crunch that Pakistan was facing due to displacement of thousands of people owing to the war on terror, especially the ongoing anti-terror operation.
Pakistan had been waging the war on terror not only for its own security but also for the cause of humanity, “so they do realize they have an obligation to assist us”, the minister remarked. The floods, he said had only added to the economic woes and Pakistan indeed required a helping hand from the donors to rehabilitate the affected people.
Meanwhile the Economic Affairs Division here on Sunday gave final touches to arrangements for the Conference to be held on Tuesday. Finance Minister Dar is expected to arrive in Islamabad late Sunday evening after leading the Pakistan team at the talks with the IMF Mission.
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