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Pakistan urges Saudi not to withdraw deposits, wants oil facility extended

Pakistan has requested Saudi Arabia not to withdraw its deposits given to its central bank and extend its oil facility for the cash-strapped country.

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Pakistan  | Saudi Arabia

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Miftah Ismail
The Express Tribune reported that the Finance Minister lamented former Prime Minister Imran Khan's government for making promises to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which were "against the interests of the nation"

has requested not to withdraw its deposits given to its central bank and extend its oil facility for the cash-strapped country.

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail while addressing a press conference in Karachi on Wednesday said Islamabad had requested Riyadh, which is considering rolling over dollar deposits as Islamabad looks to rein in one of Asia's highest inflation rates and stave off a current-account crisis, to extend an oil loan facility to .

is discussing options including extending the term of a USD3 billion deposit with the State Bank of Pakistan, according to a joint statement issued after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's recent meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom has also agreed to provide a "sizable package" of $8 billion to aid the debt-ridden economy, which has taken billions of dollars in loans from the likes of the World Bank, Monetary Fund, China, and .

The Express Tribune reported that the Finance Minister lamented former Prime Minister Imran Khan's government for making promises to the Monetary Fund (IMF) which were "against the interests of the nation".

"Those promises are no less than landmines," he told the media, adding that Khan had left the fastest growing inflation in the history of Pakistan.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Thu, May 05 2022. 20:45 IST
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