The Federal Minister of Finance and Revenue, Ishaq Dar, said on Friday that approaching the bilateral Paris Club creditors for debt relief would be his final option since rating agencies lower the ratings of countries who approach the Paris Club.

The country was not looking for or in need of any rescue from commercial banks or Eurobond creditors, according to Dar’s predecessor Miftah Ismail. “Given the climate-induced disaster in Pakistan, we are seeking debt relief from bilateral Paris Club creditors,” Miftah said.

“We plan on doing business and investors hesitate when countries seek relief from bilateral Paris Club creditors,” Dar said during an interview.


Dar responded to Moody’s decision to lower the Government of Pakistan’s senior unsecured debt rating from B3 to Caa1 by saying that the rating agency had taken a discriminating approach against Pakistan from a professional standpoint.

“Our team spoke to the officials of the rating agency and even I spoke to them personally,” he continued, saying that he had advised them to stay patient for a few days.

He bemoaned the way Moody’s had presented Pakistan as, God forbid, being in default.

Dar stated that efforts will be made to fulfil the conditions set forth by his predecessors in reference to his meeting with IMF employees later this month.

“I have solutions to present in front of the fund members in order to convince them of my decision regarding the petroleum prices,” he said.

According to Geo, the government lowered the price of petrol by Rs12.63 a litre last week, which brought much-needed relief to the nation’s inflation-stricken citizens and raised concerns over the current IMF programme.

The finance minister explained the rupee-dollar parity by expressing optimism that the value of the rupee will go below the 200-point mark against the US dollar in the upcoming days.