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Kabul rally asks government not to borrow money from IMF

Kabul rally asks government not to borrow money from IMF

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Jun 25, 2020 - 21:19

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some civil societyinfo-icon activist on Thursday rallied in capital Kabul and demanded Afghan government to reverse its decision of borrowing money from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for combating coronavirus.

Afghan parliament has recently approved government’s request for borrowing 17 billion afghanis from IMF to deal with coronavirus pandemic.

Bawar Foundation Head Najibullah Azad said that borrowing from IMF would mean selling the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

He added the government should properly administered funds already provided in assistance to Afghanistan instead of borrowing a massive amount from global lender.

“We are aware of 150 million afghanis embezzlement in the purchase of medical equipment and Pajhwok published a report regarding the smuggling of 32 ventilators to Pakistaninfo-icon --- our enemy state --- that provided oxygen to people who kill us here,” he said.

“The government should inform the masses in advance regarding it policy and strategy for spending the money which will be borrowed from IMF,” said Azad.

The New Chapter Foundation Deputy Head Fatema Hussaini was one of the protesters who shared similar views and added: “Our people dying from the lack of oxygen in the hospitals, but medical equipment provided by some countries are being smuggled to Pakistan.”

She asked government to expose elements involved in the smuggling of ventilators to Pakistan.

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