IMF Urges Pakistan to Tax the Rich, Safeguard the Poor

In a crucial meeting held in New York, the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, stressed to Pakistan the need to impose more taxes on the wealthy while ensuring the vulnerable sections remain safeguarded.

This significant dialogue occurred between Georgieva and Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister, Anwarul Haq Kakar, on the sidelines of the renowned UN General Assembly summit. Addressing the media post-meeting, Georgieva emphasized that their recommendations resonated with the desires of the Pakistani populace.

Reflecting on their discussions through his X account, Kakar termed the interaction 'constructive'. He shed light on both parties' mutual determination towards bolstering economic cooperation and steering the nation towards stability.

While the economic scenario was the highlight with the IMF, Kakar's interaction with another global figure, Bill Gates, revolved around a different yet equally vital issue. Gates, co-chairman of the esteemed Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, engaged in a candid conversation with the PM about eradicating polio from Pakistan. They also touched upon matters of gender equality and child development.

During their meeting, an optimistic Kakar expressed confidence in halting the spread of the poliovirus across every corner of the nation within the year. Highlighting the commitment, he stated that the interim government and the National Polio Task Force are unwavering in their resolve to free Pakistan from this debilitating disease. Kakar further emphasized the ongoing efforts in immunization and the provision of essential health services to the masses.

Bill Gates, a long-standing advocate for global health and particularly passionate about polio eradication, stated that wiping out polio from Pakistan was a top priority for the foundation. He was concerned about the cross-border transmission of the disease between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He further stressed the importance of continued vaccination campaigns in regions like southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


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