IMF Strict Conditions- A Major Threat to the Country’s Economy

The direction of the country’s economy needs to be corrected otherwise; the current economic condition may lead to great haram in the near future. 

Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Shahid Rasheed Butt said, “A 17% increase in revenue and enhanced forex reserves amid economic slowdown are surprising and indicate that country is not heading in the right direction.”

Despite the steady economic growth of the country, the revenue was still increasing due to the business community targeted to pay tax by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) officials.

Shahid Rasheed Butt informed that an ambitious revenue target set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) couldn’t be met by the Federal Board of Revenue.

Due to the fragile economy, delayed refunds, and various other issues, exports in January recorded a reduction of 3.4% to $1.96 billion.

“Attracting foreign funds with high-interest rates can be repatriated any time that will unleash another crisis in Pakistan, therefore many economic exports are warning against this policy, Butt remarked.

President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), Mian Zahid Hussain indicated the crucial need for revising the IMF conditions. The strict IMF terms should not be a major vulnerability to the economy of the country, he added. 

Although IMF program has diminished current account deficit and reinforced forex reserves yet, it has affected the growth rate, business, employment, and production. The IMF reports to increase taxes are practically disturbing, Zahid Hussain shared.

He noted that the growth rate has already been fallen to 60% to get $ 6 billion which resulted in unemployment and increased liquidation.

Mian Zahid Hussain further said, “After the IMF deal, Rupee saw record erosion in its value but it hasn’t helped to improve the exports as expected while the public debt rose to unsustainable levels.”

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