Pakistan vows to fulfil IMF promises after averting default threat


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Wednesday that Pakistan would fulfill its commitments made to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure a short-term financing deal, helping the cash-strapped nation avert a default in the near future.

A staff-level agreement on the $3 billion stand-by agreement (SBA) was reached between the local authorities and the IMF team, with the lender’s executive board to give final approval on July 12.

The economy has been stricken by a balance-of-payments crisis as it attempts to service crippling external debt, while months of political chaos have scared off foreign investment.