Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen said that when the IMF said, make electricity more expensive, the Prime Minister forbade it. He told the IMF that the poor and the salaried could not be burdened. They will not increase the price of electricity, nor will they increase taxes.
At a press conference in Islamabad, Shaukat Tareen said that talks were underway with the international body on alternative sources for the goal of sustainable growth.
Shaukat Tareen said that he has also told the United States that they want trade, not money. China is outsourcing 85 million jobs. China is ready to make concessions to create economic zones.
Presenting the Economic Survey, Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen said that the economy has started recovering. Last year, the government itself said that our growth would be 2.1 per cent. Our current account surplus is running.