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Post-budget briefing: Miftah rules out IMF bailout package

ISLAMABAD: Newly-appointed Finance Minister Miftah Ismail on Saturday said the government has carefully prepared a balanced budget for the financial year 2018-19.  Speaking at a post-budget press briefing in Islamabad, he said the budget is not only intent on provision of relief in various sectors, but is a balanced one. The minister said the government didn’t intend to approach the Internal Monetary Fund (IMF) for bailout loans to tackle its balance of payments issue or shore up foreign reserves and expressed optimism…