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Power Minister Warns That West Pakistan Will Turn to China if IMF Financing Doesn’t Come Through

Pakistan's Federal Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan interviewed by Dawn News host Adil Shahzeb. Image via Dawn News.

Pakistan’s Power Minister Dastgir Khan issued a blunt warning to the U.S. and other Western countries that if they want to keep Islamabad from becoming even more closely aligned with China, they need to make sure that an IMF rescue deal gets signed.

The Minister said in an interview on Dawn News TV that Pakistan has met all of the IMF’s requirements but worries that geopolitical concerns might get in the way of finalizing the deal — and if that happened, Dastgir said Islamabad would have no other choice than to turn to China and further increase its reliance on financing from Beijing.

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