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Pakistan Repays $1bn Sukuk, Ends Immediate Default Risk Challenge: Bloomberg

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said it made the payment for a $1 billion bond as per claims by the central bank chief Jameel Ahmad of paying early, Bloomberg said.

Abid Qamar, a spokesperson at the SBP, told the publication that Pakistan transferred the payment on the sukuk bonds three days before its maturity to Citigroup Inc which will distribute the funds onward to creditors.

According to indicative pricing data compiled by Bloomberg, the notes climbed to 98.9 cents on Friday, marking a nearly 16-cent comeback from a record low of 83 cents in October.

The early payment helped dodge the risk of a near-term default although concerns linger over its ability to pay its long-term debt.

Pakistan needs to repay about $25 billion in the fiscal year 2022-23, though most of it has been rolled over or paid, Ahmad said.