KARACHI: The government paid $1.67 billion as debt servicing during the week ended on May 29, bringing down the State Bank of Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves to around $10.36bn — a five-month low.
The payments also brought the country’s total reserves down to a five-month low of $16.92bn, while dollar holdings of the commercial banks increased by $34 million to $6.558bn.
The SBP on Thursday said the government had to pay $1.669bn as debt serving. The government is trying to defer its bilateral debt servicing payments to the G-20 countries for one year and provide a temporary relief to the falling foreign exchange reserves.
In the first three quarters of the current fiscal year, the government has paid around $9.713bn as debt servicing. The number is expected to reach $12bn by end of June.
Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2020