Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced on Sunday that he would request the world leaders and financial bodies and institutions for debt relief in order to combat COVID 19.
Will ask world leaders for debt relief to fight coronavirus
During a televised address to his nation, PM Imran Khan mentioned that he will appeal to the world leaders, financial institutions, and the United Nations to “launch an initiative that will give debt relief to developing countries to combat the coronavirus.”
He expressed the fears that he is really concerned for the poor community of his country. He asserted that his poor brothers will not die out of coronavirus but from hunger as Pakistan does not have enough money meet the needs of the people across the country.
He said, “Apart from containing the virus and dealing with the economic crisis, our biggest worry now is the people dying of hunger. The dilemma on one side is stopping the people dying from the virus and on the other hand, preventing deaths from hunger as a result of the lockdown.”
COVID 19 has so far killed 93 people in the country while the total number of cases have surged to 5,400.
PM also took to his twitter handle and appealed for debt relief to the developed countries.
My appeal to the international community, the UNSG & international financial institutions to respond positively to the dilemma confronting developing countries in the face of the COVID19 pandemic. #Global_Initiative_Debt_Relief pic.twitter.com/EfydRhfZhc
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 12, 2020
PM Imran Khan further mentioned that “We do not have the money to spend on the already-overstretched health services and secondly to stop the people from dying of hunger.”
“Therefore, I will be appealing to the world leaders, to the heads of financial institutions, to the secretary-general of the United Nations to launch an initiative that will give debt relief to developing countries to combat the virus,” he declared.