Economic problems to be overcome soon, says PM Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed confidence on Sunday that problems confronting the economy would be overcome soon through concerted efforts by the government and the business community.

The prime minister was addressing a delegation comprising businessmen who had called on him to offer suggestions to solve Pakistan’s economic crisis.

Prime Minister Khan briefed the delegation about the staff-level agreement reached with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as recent negotiations with the money lender.

According to a local English daily, the businessmen asked the prime minister to support the agriculture sector and the Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Others urged the government to pay attention to the entire economy so that more than a handful of sectors experience growth.

Both sides discussed the market situation and ways to stimulate the economy. The delegation called on the government to clear businessmen’s dues so that they can kick-start economic activities.

Prime Minister Khan told the delegation that he intended to hold regular meetings with representatives of the business community.

It was also suggested that the government pay attention to the entire economy instead of concentrating on a handful of sectors.

Earlier, the prime minister took part in a fundraiser for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

During the event, he acknowledged that Pakistan was currently facing one of its worst economic crisis.

“We will soon overcome this crisis and lead other countries in the region,” he said.

He said that Pakistan was facing one of the biggest deficits in its entire history but that the country will emerge as the leading economy in the region.

Khan said that everyone had doubted him from the time he said Pakistan would lift the World Cup to the time he envisaged a free cancer hospital for Pakistan and now when he said he would take the country out of its economic crisis.

He took aim at leaders of the opposition parties who had gathered at Zardari House to have Iftar and discuss an anti-government strategy.

“They are the ones responsible for the economic mess we are in,” he said.