'Agreement in principle' reached with IMF over bailout package: minister

IMF staff visit aimed at finalising technical details: Hammad Azhar

Reuters April 15, 2019
Hammad Azhar.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reached an "agreement in principle" with IMF over bailout package, minister of state for revenue said on Monday after the lending body announced arrival of its staff mission in Islamabad later this month.

A mission team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
will travel to Islamabad this month, the IMF said in a statement.

Hammad Azhar said the staff mission's visit was just aimed at finalising technical details.

IMF team to visit Pakistan this month in final bailout push

"An agreement in principle has been reached with IMF," he announced in a tweet, hours after Finance Minister Asad Umar returned home from Washington where he had meetings with the IMF and World Bank.

Pakistan was last year expected to sign up for its 13th IMF
bailout programme but talks ground to a halt, with Pakistani officials saying the conditions attached to the proposed IMF loans could hurt economic growth.

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