Finance Adviser Dr Hafeez Sheikh held important meeting with PM Khan over Budget, IMF package

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Finance Adviser Dr Hafeez Sheikh held important meeting with PM Khan over Budget, IMF package

ISLAMABAD - Newly-appointed finance adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday, said a statement issued by the PM Office media wing.

Dr Sheikh apprised the premier regarding talks with officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Speaking to the media ahead of his meeting with PM Imran, Dr Sheikh said, "I have issued directives to prepare for the budget and a medium-term strategy paper for the budget."

"The process of talks with IMF will be hastened. Pakistan wants the process of talks with IMF to proceed and the international lender has committed to sent a mission to the country soon," the finance adviser added.

"I will speak to the IMF mission head in the evening today," he further said.

Earlier today, Dr Sheikh took charge of his post. The finance adviser will also have the charge of Revenue and Economic Affairs Division. Sheikh's designation will be as of a federal minister.