ISLAMABAD (Eshfak Mughal):- The Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin has cancelled official engagements due to suspiciously contracted with Corona virus, sources claimed.
Sources confirmed that Shaukat Tarin contracted corona virus. He was was not feeling well from last night.
Shaukat Tarin has cancelled all official activities for today including the scheduled meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of Cabinet after suspicious of corona and quarantined at home. Sources said that there is an option to hold ECC meeting on zoom if health conditions allow Finance Minister to do so.
Shaukat Tarin was much busiest during last couple of weeks due to mini-budget. He did conducted lot of meetings including attending sessions of Parliament, Standing Committees meetings, meeting with officials and non officials’ delegations in his office.
Corona positive takes at least 10 to 15 days normally get negative in case of not swear condition of any patient.
The reports of suspicious corona virus contracted by the Finance Minister came on the occasion, when the amendment bill of State Bank of Pakistan is under consideration of Parliament. It is fear that the rescheduled meeting of the Executive Board of IMF may again reschedule as approval of SBP amendment bill is main condition which is pending in Parliament. The proposed bill is pending in Senate from couple of weeks. The Standing Committee on Finance will review the proposed bill and then it will back to Senate for final approval with further recommendations. Due to health condition and absence of the Finance Minister, this practice may take more time.
Reschedule meeting of the IMF Board was expected on 28 to 31 January in Washington subject to fulfil of prior conditions by the Pakistanis authorities.
Pakistan was hopeful to obtained one billion from IMF after the Executive Board meeting of the IMF. But due to latest situation due to corona virus in Finance Minister, it seems that Pakistan has to more wait for securing IMF loan program and loan worth of one billion dollar.