Khan-Trump meet: Another opportunity for the National Chauffeur of Pakistan


During Prime Minister Imran Khan’s 3-day state visit to the United States, to avoid another national embarrassment, it would be quite useful for the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan to ignore any possible demand coming from their stubborn Prime Minister to let him chauffer President Trump around for a tip of a few billion dollars for the country’s cash-strapped economy, or may be to help it fend off a possible blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) after the October 2019 deadline which will be followed by strict economic sanctions and most probably the country will end up being cornered by the  global financial institutions, or perhaps to persuade him to request the IMF to show some leniency on the 3-year course of its $6 billion Extended Fund Facility provided to Pakistan as far as complying with the Fund’s Structural Conditionality is concerned. Read more

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