Web Desk(July 31, 2018): The Trump administration today cautioned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) against a possible bailout of Pakistan. “Make no mistake, we will be watching what the IMF does,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
He was responding to a question on reports that Pakistan is drawing up a plan to seek a massive USD 12 billion bailout package from the IMF.“There’s no rationale for IMF tax dollars – and associated with that, American dollars that are part of the IMF funding – for those to go to bail out Chinese bondholders or China itself,” Pompeo said.
The IMF has said that so far it has not received any such request from Pakistan. Pakistan needs about USD 3 billion in the next few months to avoid defaulting on loans from IMF, China, and the World Bank.
Pompeo said he is looking forward to working with the new government of Pakistan.
“There’s new leadership in Pakistan, and we welcome engagement with them in a way that we think will benefit each of our two countries,” Pompeo said.
Pakistan has had 14 IMF financing programs since 1980, according to fund data, including a $6.7 billion three-year loan program in 2013.