200 bps decrease in policy rate provides govt Rs1tr cushion: Pasha

Sandra Loyd

Former financing minister and noteworthy economist Hafeez Pasha on Thursday stated the decrease of 200 basis points by the State Bank of Pakistan will offer the federal government financial space of as much as Rs1 trillion, which would allow it to handle hard times of coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on 92 News TELEVISION programme hosted by senior reporter Arif Nizami, he stated the federal government will need to take more determines to offer relief to people if the lockdown enforced in the wake of the spiked infection stayed undamaged.

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He stated there continued a possibility of additional cuts in policy rate.

Discussing the unfavorable growth in the Pakistani economy, he stated the -1.5 GDP will have unfavorable influence on the economy as the nation would be dealing with such unfavorable growth in 7 years.

Due to the lockdown, markets have actually been closed down, which suggests Pakistan will be losing 40-50 of its export orders in addition to foreign direct financial investments, he stated, including the grinding halt will press millions of people below the hardship line.

He stated a minimum of 4 million people will be rendered out of work if the lockdown stayed in location for the next couple of months and added that currently, the variety of jobless people in the nation was currently 4 million.

He valued the federal government for offering relief to susceptible sectors of society, such as legal employees and day-to-day wagers, stating if things do not enhance in the coming months, then the federal government needs to think about another relief bundle to keep the hunger at bay.

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