WASHINGTON - After squeezing Pakistan in the FATF, United States has fired yet another salvo to squeeze Pakistan economically.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warning against any bailout package for the country from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which could then be possibly used by Pakistan to pay off Chinese debts.
While the new government in Pakistan - set to take oath on August 11 - is likely to cosy up to China, it is also in dire need of a financial bailout package. Many expect the Imran Khan-led government to approach IMF immediately after officially coming to power. The country has already received 12 bailout packages from IMF so far.
In case IMF shuts its doors, the country may have to further lean on China to borrow much-needed funds. There are already reports in Pakistani media that China has agreed to pour in more foreign exchange - over and above CPEC funding.