Pakistani officials may be sent to Afghanistan to assist in various affairs: Tarin

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin on Thursday indicated that Pakistani officials may be sent to Afghanistan to assist "in the running of various affairs".

Addressing a press conference, he also announced that trade with Afghanistan could be carried out in the Pakistani currency, as Kabul is facing a shortage of dollars.

His remarks followed a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance chaired by Senator Senator Talha Mehmood.

Tarin said that Afghanistan is facing a shortage of dollars as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have seized its reserves after the Taliban’s takeover of the country. He added that Pakistan is monitoring the situation on a daily basis.

Tarin termed food prices the biggest issue of Pakistan and said that the current account deficit has been increasing since April.

The finance minister told the senators that Pakistan received $450 million from the Asian Development for procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.

He vowed to take the country’s GDP growth to 4.8% during the current fiscal year.