The International Organization for Migration has declared the Mediterranean passage the world's most perilous migration route. Around 1,728 migrants have gone missing there this year alone.
Pakistan’s army is a State within a State and controls crucial political and economic decisions. The civilian government simply cannot bypass the military for fear of being overthrown.
PM Sharif and IMF chief Georgieva expressed hope that coordination on the points of the bailout programme would lead to a decision from the global lender in a day or two.
Inflation has rocketed, the rupee has plummeted and the country can no longer afford imports, causing a severe decline in industrial output.
The grim data gives the cash-strapped government little room to introduce populist vote-attracting measures in Friday's budget ahead of an election due to be held in October.