IMF approves release of $1.13b to Pakistan


Afp May 15, 2010

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund said on Friday its executive board has released a loan of $1.13 billion  to Pakistan.

It was approved after the latest review of Pakistan's economic performance under an 11.3-billion-dollar stand-by arrangement (SBA) to help the South Asian nation address increased balance of payment needs.

Disbursements under the arrangement so far have reached about 7.27 billion dollars, the IMF said in a statement. It said that the executive board approved, among other requests, Pakistan's bid for waivers for not observing two performance criteria: overruns on the overall budget deficit and net government borrowing limits from the State Bank of Pakistan.

Islamabad approached the IMF in 2008 for a rescue package as the country grappled with a 30-year-high inflation rate and fast-depleting reserves that were barely enough to cover nine weeks of import bills.

Pakistan has suffered a wave of bombings by militants since July 2007 which have killed more than 3,200 people. Militants have launched attacks on civilians as part of a bombing campaign against the Pakistani government's alliance with the United States in the war on extremists. Washington is pressuring Pakistan to crack down on Taliban and al Qaeda to stop them crossing the border to attack Western troops in Afghanistan. Pakistan's military is engaged in multiple offensives across the tribal belt.

COMMENTS (2)

Jazib Iqbal | 11 years ago | Reply Why our leaders are happy to when IMF approves release as if they are going to enjoy the hunt. The leaders will flee way and its us the poor Pakistanis who will have to pay the same.
Dr. Ghulam Murtaza Khuhro | 11 years ago | Reply IMF should convert SBA into FCL and help Pakistan liberally. Pakistan is willing borrower whereas IMF entered into FCL agreements with following countries and none of them even withdrew a single SDR/dollar. Member Effective date Expiration date Amount agreed Undrawn balance Colombia 5/11/09 5/10/10 6,966 6,966 Mexico 3/25/10 3/24/11 31,528 31,528 Poland 5/6/09 5/5/10 13,690 13,690 Amount in million SDR’s equivalent to around 80 billion dollars. Agreement with Poland expired on 5th May, 2010 leaving whole amount undrawn. IMF can do another favor to Pakistan-stop prescribing the medicine as its almost all prescriptions are expired and its so-called experts believe only in cookie cutter approach.
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