Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said his country has received a "big" package of aid from its all-weather ally, China. Khan however, said President Xi Jinping has asked him not to reveal the quantum of financial support, it added, a media report said.
Khan had met President Xi and Premier Li Keqiang, along with other Chinese leaders on his maiden visit to Beijing earlier this month, where he sought aid to overcome the financial woes faced by his cash-strapped government.
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Pakistan has received a "big" package of aid from China but will not reveal it, Khan said during an interaction with journalists at the PM House, according to local media.
The prime minister said he did not want to reveal the quantum of aid from Beijing as other countries will start demanding more money from China, the report said.
Beijing has not revealed the quantum of its financial aid to Islamabad, unlike Saudi Arabia, which has announced a USD 6 billion aid package to Pakistan.
After his talks with Khan on November 3, Premier Li said China will provide the "necessary support" to Pakistan to tide over the present financial crisis.
"Concrete results of my visit are beginning to show. We are receiving all forms of aid from China and are satisfied," said the Pakistan prime minister on his recent trip to China.
"No other previous premiers' tours to China were as successful as mine was," he claimed.
Khan, whose government is currently negotiating a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund, appeared confident that Pakistan's economy will overcome the current difficulties by next year.
"The next three to six months are difficult but from next year onward our economic situation is going to improve significantly and we will be on the right track," he said.
The Pakistan government is facing grave economic challenges as it struggles to avoid a financial crisis and keep the economy afloat.