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Pakistan finance minister resigns ahead of visit by IMF

Sudden departure comes after provisional deal on aid worth over $6bn

Pakistani Finance Minister Asad Umar holds a news conference in Islamabad in November.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Pakistani Finance Minister Asad Umar, the point man for the South Asian country's latest talks on International Monetary Fund aid, resigned on Thursday in the midst of the negotiations.

Umar told reporters in Islamabad that Prime Minister Imran Khan's government had inherited the worst possible economy and that while conditions have improved, they remain far from ideal.

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