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Pakistan set to receive $2 billion from Qatar to ease funding crunch

The South Asian nation will also get $1 billion in oil financing from Saudi Arabia and a similar amount in investments from the UAE

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Pakistan's national flag flatters during a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan's 75th Independence Day, at the Mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi (Photo: Reuters)

will receive $2 billion from in bilateral support to help ease the South Asian nation’s funding crunch and the consequent risk of a default.

The South Asian nation will also get $1 billion in oil financing from Saudi Arabia and a similar amount in investments from the UAE. All the funds are expected over twelve months, Murtaza Syed, acting governor at the State Bank of said in a briefing. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is visiting on August 23 and 24.

An announcement of the assistance may or may not be announced during the trip, Syed said.

The pledges come before an Monetary Fund board meeting on August 29 that could lead to the release of $1.2 billion in financing. Arab nations had committed to supporting Pakistan only after it secured an IMF program, while the Washington-based lender has been seeking a commitment from Saudi Arabia.

The Pakistan rupee is the best performer globally this month and has gained 11 per cent since dropping to a record low last month as worries over a possible default fade, according to data tracked by Bloomberg.

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First Published: Tue, August 23 2022. 22:59 IST

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