China Again Comes To Rescue Of Crisis-Hit Pakistan

Pakistan, has received a rollover of an additional USD 600 million loan from its all-weather ally China.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif

China has once again come to the rescue of cash starved Pakistan by granting it another hefty loan.

The crisis-hit country, Pakistan, has received a rollover of an additional USD 600 million loan from its all-weather ally China to help shore up the country's foreign exchange reserves on the back of an IMF deal, PTI reported.

The report said the loan is in addition to the over USD 5 billion in loans that Beijing has rolled over for Pakistan in the last three months, helping the debt-ridden nation avert a default as negotiations to secure the IMF bailout dragged on.

Pakistan secured a last-gasp USD 3 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund on June 30, which later disbursed an initial upfront instalment of about USD 1.2 billion.

Sharif said the Exim Bank of China has provided the rollover, increasing the country’s foreign exchange reserves by USD 600 million.

“Our foreign exchange reserves are increasing but we want to do it not through loans but generating our income,” he said at an event in Pakistan.

Apart from the IMF bailout and the Chinese loan, a USD 2 billion of financial support from Saudi Arabia and USD 1 billion from the UAE after the IMF pact has helped steady Pakistan's economy, the report said, quoting Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

The State Bank of Pakistan said the current account recorded a surplus of USD 334 million in June.

Pakistan has been grappling with economic crisis for quite a long time now with the country’s woes mounted by political instability.

The country has been through major crisis as its former Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted from power, apparently for trying to wrestle power from the all powerful Pakistan Army in the country.