Pakistan minister slammed for ‘drink less tea, save money’ appeal

Aljazeera says A minister in Pakistan’s newly elected government is facing criticism following his plea to the nation to drink less tea to help save on imports amid a deepening economic crisis.

Pakistan minister slammed for ‘drink less tea, save money’ appeal

Aljazeera says A minister in Pakistan’s newly elected government is facing criticism following his plea to the nation to drink less tea to help save on imports amid a deepening economic crisis.

Pakistan is among the world’s top tea importers, a hugely popular drink among both the rich and the poor in this country of 220 million people.

The government spends about $600m from the central bank’s hard currency reserves for tea imports annually.

A Pakistani is believed to drink at least three cups of tea a day on average, the nation’s caffeinated drink of choice.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who took over in April after Imran Khan was removed in a no-confidence vote in parliament, has pledged to improve the ailing economy and meet conditions set by the International Monetary Fund in an effort to revive a $6bn bailout package.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/16/pakistan-minister-slammed-for-drink-less-tea-save-money-appeal

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