In a desperate attempt to revive its cash-trapped economy, Pakistan's Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) recently organised an investment summit in Azerbaijan, where belly dancers were hired to perform at the event to lure investors.
News agency ANI reported that the summit titled 'Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Investment Opportunities Conference', was organised between September 4 and 8 in Baku and belly dancers stole the show by dancing on the stage in front of the attendees at the conference, according to a video posted by Pakistani journalist Gul Bukhari on her Twitter handle.
"When General Doctrine Chief Economist tries to lure investors into the Pakistan Investment Promotion Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan with belly dancers....," the scribe captioned the post.
When General Doctrine Chief Economist tries to lure investors into the Pakistan Investment Promotion Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan with belly dancers.... pic.twitter.com/OUoV85wmnV— Gul Bukhari (@GulBukhari) September 7, 2019
The video in which women can be seen belly dancing at the event has gone viral on social media and Twitterati were quick to react.
Some Pakistani local media sites and Twitterati called it the 'Naya Pakistan way'.
A user wrote: "Incredible event in Pakistan. Investments attracted through belly dancing. If the economic condition of Pakistan worsens further it might lead to strip dancing also."
A Twitter user pointed out that while India is launching Moon missions like Chandrayaan-2, Pakistan is organising belly dancing to entice investors.
"From selling buffaloes to hosting belly-dancing 'conferences', Pakistan is clearly thinking out of the box to fix the economy," a user wrote.
In July, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had approved a three-year $6 billion loan package for Pakistan to rein in mounting debts and stave off a looming balance of payments crisis, in exchange for tough austerity measures.