Pakistan Finance Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday (local time) held meetings with World Bank Group President David R Malpass and senior officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a bid to seek a three-year bailout package.
The delegation led by the finance minister which included State Bank of Pakistan Governor Tariq Bajwa, Finance Secretary Younas Dagha and Economic Affairs Division Secretary Noor Ahmed, reached Washington for a two-day meeting.
This comes a day after the IMF in its yearly World Economic Outlook reportedly projected that Pakistan's growth may remain at 2.5 per cent till 2024 unless Islamabad undertakes indispensable economic reforms.
Last year in October, Pakistan formally requested the IMF for yet another economic assistance package.
The South-Asian nation is going through an economic crisis after the United States decided to cut off the financial aid to the country in the view of terrorist attacks. The US views Pakistan as a safe haven for the terrorists and insurgents, responsible for the 17-years-old war going on in the neighbouring country Afghanistan.
Pentagon, in September, had reportedly cut off aid worth 300 million USD due to the growing concerns regarding the Islamabad's failure to tackle the militants.
In August, the Congress had also slashed the security-oriented financial aid to Pakistan.
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