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IMF ready to work with new Pakistani govt, says spox

09:34 AM | 23 Feb, 2024
IMF ready to work with new Pakistani govt, says spox

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has indicated its readiness to collaborate with the new Pakistani government, brushing aside Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan’s call for an audit of election results before approving any further loans for Islamabad.

Speaking at a press briefing, IMF’s Director of Communications, Julie Kozack, stated that on January 11, the lender approved total disbursements amounting to $1.9 billion under the Standby Arrangement (SBA).

She noted that the programme aims to assist the government’s efforts in stabilizing the economy, with a particular emphasis on safeguarding the most vulnerable segments of society.

Kozack commended the interim administration, acknowledging that during the caretaker government’s tenure, economic stability was maintained. She highlighted the adherence to fiscal targets and the protection of the social safety net, along with the implementation of a tight monetary policy stance to manage inflation and bolster foreign exchange reserves.

The spokesperson expressed optimism about collaborating with the new government to formulate policies ensuring macroeconomic stability and fostering prosperity for all citizens of Pakistan.

Regarding Imran Khan’s demand for an election audit, Kozack declined to comment on ongoing political developments.

The IMF’s response follows Imran Khan’s decision to write to the global lender, urging an audit of the February 8 election before further loan negotiations with Islamabad.

Imran Khan’s counsel, Barrister Ali Zafar, emphasised the importance of good governance as per the charters of organizations like the IMF and EU. He asserted that democracy cannot function if the people’s mandate is compromised, citing alleged rigging during the elections.

Zafar outlined Imran Khan’s request for an independent audit of constituencies where irregularities were reported, involving the judiciary for oversight.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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