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What is the biggest problem haunting Pak? Definitely not J&K, says survey

Pakistan's economy has struggled in the last few years

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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The survey also mentions fears over political instability, power crisis, dengue outbreak among other issues

Spiralling inflation and not the issue is the biggest problem haunting the people of Pakistan, a survey conducted by Gallup in all four provinces of the cash-strapped country has said.

The study, which was published by Gallup and Gilani on Tuesday, said 53 per cent of respondents believe the country's economy, specifically increasing inflation, is the biggest problem facing the country. Worries of inflation is followed by unemployment (23%), the issue (8%), corruption (4%) and water crisis (4%), the survey has said.

The survey also mentions fears over political instability, power crisis, dengue outbreak among other issues.

Gallup said the survey's sample comprised men and women from across the four provinces -- Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh. Pakistan's has struggled in the last few years.

In July, the Monetary Fund (IMF) had said was facing "significant economic challenges" due to weak and unbalanced growth and that its is at a critical juncture where it needs an ambitious and bold set of reforms.

At the time, Pakistan had a currency reserve of less than $8 billion, enough only to cover 1.7 months of imports.Pakistan and the IMF signed a $6 billion bail out package this year, aimed at returning sustainable growth to the country's fragile and improve the standards of living.

Other than the IMF, Pakistan has secured substantial bailout packages from Qatar, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

First Published: Thu, October 31 2019. 21:05 IST
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