KARACHI: Pakistan has received $1 billion payment for its recent Sukuk sale, said State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday. The government issued Sukuk on Nov 27 to raise its foreign exchange reserves in line with International Monetary Fund’s demands.
The government had initially planned to float $500 million worth of Islamic bonds. But in the wake of high demand, which rose to $2.3bn, it decided to raise $1bn. The five-year Sukuk were sold at a profit rate of 6.75 per cent.
Meanwhile, the country’s total liquid foreign exchange reserves declined to $12.993 billion during the week ending November 28 compared to $13.219 billion the previous week. Of the total reserves, the SBP held $8.222bn and other banks $4.771bn.
Originally published on www.customstoday.com.pk