CONSIDERING the dire situation of the country, Pakistan cannot wait much longer for a financial bailout package to materialise. If the country has to be saved from default, the help should be here in tangible form almost right now. The crackdown on well-known money exchange dealers conducted to stem the illegal flow of foreign exchange abroad has, nevertheless, caused quite a stir. By illegally transferring billions of dollars at a time when the nation was facing a severe liquidity crunch, the dealer had done the country great harm. The government's intervention would without doubt be more than a hint to other forex firms to keep away from such illegal business. Having said that, the fact remains that it is likewise the duty of the government to maintain law and order besides taking other steps to see to it that the confidence of the stakeholders in the country's economy gets restored. A precarious security situation would only be forcing the people to find a safer place for their capital. In the meanwhile PM's Adviser on Finance Shaukat Tarin is quite assured that the country would soon be getting around $7.5 billion from the IMF. This bitter pill, according to the President, would have to be swallowed; The PM's Adviser sounded more realistic in allaying fears of going to the IMF, as the country had already fulfilled its conditions and could easily cope with the removal of subsidies on oil, checks on government spending, and so on. In the same vein, the government intends to revise its taxation policy, aiming to be tough on many of the neglected sectors that it says rightly need to be brought into the tax net. Concurrently, problems at home continue to cause worry. Apart from the IMF, chances are that Pakistan gets the supply of oil on deferred payments from Saudi Arabia and assistance from UAE and China. One hopes that the government succeeds in its venture to collect the badly-needed financial backing, but at the same time it would have to tide over problems like the energy crisis that indirectly affect the country's economy. With money flowing in, the issue of the non-payment of dues to the IPPs ought to be resolved if the country is to be saved from another power crisis. Reports also suggest that the demand for furnace oil in the coming year would shoot up by many notches. Add to this the announcement by the gas authorities that the people should brace up for a gas shortage in the winter. Its consequences for our industrial and agricultural sectors could be disastrous. Keeping in view the enormity of the problem, the government should put its act together.