Will approach both friendly countries, IMF to overcome economic crisis: Imran Khan

WION Web Team Pakistan Oct 10, 2018, 09.49 PM(IST)

Imran Khan. Photograph:( AFP )

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Blaming the condition of Pakistan on previous governments Khan said his government was forced to borrow money to pay back.

He said Pakistan is burdened due to debts incurred by the previous government and his government is constrained to borrow more money to pay back those debts.

Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan has pledged to steer the country out of the looming financial crisis by taking help from the IMF and "friendly countries".

Khan said that his country has two options, it can either go to friendly countries or it can also seek help from IMF.

"We will get out of this. I will take (the country) out of this. We have two options: one, we can go to friendly countries and ask them to bridge this gap; and second, that we go to the IMF," he said, adding that the government has decided to do "both".

Khan said the country needs $10-12 billion, which he dismissed as "not a major issue" in televised comments.

Blaming the condition of Pakistan on previous governments he said his government was forced to borrow money to pay back.

He said Pakistan is burdened due to debts incurred by the previous government and his government is constrained to borrow more money to pay back those debts.

Since he assumed office in August, Khan has pledged to take the country out of the balance of payments crisis.

He has taken several measures including auctioning of government properties and crowd funding to stabilise the shaky economy.

Khan also promised to recover funds stolen by corrupt officials.

Pakistan has gone to the IMF multiple times since the late 1980s. The last time was in 2013, when Islamabad got a $6.6 billion loan to tackle a similar crisis.

Khan, who came to power on an anti-corruption agenda and promises of building an Islamic welfare state, encouraged citizens not to get frustrated.

"This is a very small period (of crisis). Our country is a rich country, it is blessed by Allah. This country will come out of crisis," he said.

Khan also announced that his government will begin a massive low-cost housing scheme with the aim of building five million homes in five years.

He clarified that the government is seeking funds from external sources only for the short term, as the economic reforms and austerity measures initiated by his government "will take six months to show results".    

His government has come under heavy criticism after the decision to seek a bailout package from the IMF as Khan in the past had vowed never to seek such assistance and also attacked previous government for going to IMF for loans.

(With inputs from agencies)