ISLAMABAD - The government has told IMF that it is pursuing a long-term structural reform programme to put the country on a trajectory of sustainable economic growth and development. It also sought relaxation from the IMF that has conditioned funds release under the standby loan progarmme with, inter alia, implementation of reform general sales tax and increase in utilities prices. A visiting delegation of the IMF held separate meetings with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh. The delegation would be visiting Lahore on Tuesday to meet the Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N leader Nawas Sharif. During the meeting, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani highlighted the positive trend in the national economy as a result of steps taken by his government like substantial increase in exports, record home remittances and all time high foreign exchange reserves, which he said, were reflective of the sound economic fundamentals of the country. The Prime Minister underlined that despite Pakistans current economic difficulties, his government would remain steadfast in its commitment to introduce and implement reforms. In this connection, he added, the Government team is meeting the opposition to evolve political consensus on resource mobilisation and long-term national economic strategy. He was talking to a three-member IMF delegation led by Masood Ahmed, Director IMF for Middle East and Central Asia, at the PMs House on Monday. Referring to the progress of the governments economic reforms agenda, the Prime Minister said the RGST had already been introduced and passed through the Senate and intensive consultations were now being held with the major political parties of the country to build the national consensus for its passage through the National Assembly. The director said that IMF supported Pakistans direction to bring in financial discipline. He thanked the Prime Minister for his time and appreciated his resolve to implement economic reform agenda. The meeting was also attended by the Federal Minister for Finance, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister of State Ms Hina Rabbani Khar, Governor State Bank, Shahid H Kardar, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Dr Nadeem ul Haq, Assistant Director IMF, Adnan Mazaeri, Senior Resident Representative IMF in Pakistan, Paul Ross, secretary and the chairman FBR. Later, the delegation called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency. Urging IMF to continue its economic support to the war-ravaged and flood-stricken economy has said that Government of Pakistan is pursuing economic reform agenda and will continue to do so despite difficulties and constraints, said Farhatullah Babar, official spokesman of the President. Masood Ahmed, Director Middle and Central Asia, led the IMF delegation that also included Adnan Mazaeri and Paul Roass. Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Finance Minister, Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haq Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Shahid H. Kardar, Governor State Bank, Hina Rabbani Khar, MOS for EAD/Finance and other senior officials were present to assist the President.