Policy Brief 09/02/2024
Given Pakistan’s recurrent dependence on IMF assistance for financial stability, the study underscores the importance of adhering to stringent IMF conditions. Assessing the Manifestoes against IMF criteria reveals a common emphasis among all parties on inclusive growth and inflation reduction. Notably, PML-N’s manifesto distinguishes itself through a more thorough approach, particularly regarding program policies and governance reforms. As Pakistan approaches the 2024 general election, the alignment of party Manifestoes with IMF conditions emerges as crucial for the nation’s sustainable growth and stability. Despite varying priorities, addressing macroeconomic vulnerabilities, and effectively managing economic challenges remain fundamental imperatives for Pakistan’s future prosperity. All major parties have touched upon sectoral policies with promises of socioeconomic amelioration but the detailed analysis on political economy and implementation strategy was a miss.