Pakistan’s debt, liabilities record historic increase

Debt reaches 62.46 trillion from 50.49 trillion climbing by 12 trillion/23.7% during July-September

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Pakistan’s debt and liabilities have recorded a historic increase climbing by 23.7 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year (July-September 2022).

The total debt and liabilities of Pakistan have reached 62 trillion and 46 billion rupees compared with last year when the amount was 50 trillion and 49 billion rupees. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has released data on Pakistan’s debt which has shown that country’s debt and liabilities have increased by Rs12 trillion till September this year which is 23.7 percent.

The domestic debt has increased by 18.7 percent to Rs31.40 trillion while the foreign debt stood at Rs17.99 trillion in July-September FY2023 which is 30.2 percent higher from previous year.

According to statistics, this amount had increased by 9.7 percent last year, while this year it has increased by 23.7 percent. During the last three months, Pakistan has made payments of Rs356 billion and external debt has increased from Rs29.77 trillion to Rs26.5 trillion.

The called credit default swap (CDS), which is the cost of insuring exposure to the country’s sovereign debt, has surged to 7,550 basis points (bps) on Tuesday rising from 1,929 bps from Monday’s close, according to data from Arif Habib Limited.

According to the central bank, the government’s debt has increased from 13 trillion 82 billion rupees to about 18 trillion rupees in three months while the debt of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was 122 billion rupees in July-September 2022 has increased to one trillion seventy-three billion rupees in three months this year.

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