PM Imran urges world bodies to grant debt relief to developing countries
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday appealed to the international community and world bodies to “launch an initiative to give debt relief to developing countries” that are fighting to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Addressing the nation and the international community through a video message, the premier said that “highly indebted countries” are facing a “lack of fiscal space” that was inhibiting their efforts to prevent the coronavirus from spreading and, at the same time, providing relief to people.
Saying the coronavirus pandemic had brought unprecedented economic and health challenges, the prime minister warned of a global recession which would be worse than the Great Depression.
“Developing countries like Pakistan cannot afford to announce huge economic packages [to mitigate the impact of the crisis. Countries like the United States and Japan have announced economic packages worth trillions of dollars whereas Pakistan could only announce a package of $8 billion.”
‘Stay safe, stay home,’ urges PM Imran as Christians celebrate
a subdued Easter
ISLAMABAD: Christians across the country celebrated a subdued Easter on Sunday due to the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed 88 lives in Pakistan and infected more than 5,000.
Due to the lockdown imposed in the country, worshippers were confined to their homes in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged those celebrating to do so in a safe manner by praying at home.