The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported a weekly decrease in foreign exchange reserves, with a decline of $59 million, bringing the total to $7.64 billion as of September 22, according to data released on Thursday.

The overall liquid foreign reserves of the country amounted to $13.16 billion, with commercial banks holding net foreign reserves of $5.52 billion.

The central bank attributed this reduction in reserves to debt repayments, stating, “During the week ending on September 22, 2023, SBP’s reserves decreased by $59 million to $7,636.7 million due to debt repayments.”

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Notably, Pakistan’s central bank reserves had increased by $56 million the previous week, following four consecutive weeks of decline, during which SBP reserves had dwindled by a cumulative total of $416 million.

In July, SBP’s reserves received a boost when Pakistan received approximately $1.2 billion as the first tranche from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), following approval of a new $3-billion stand-by arrangement. Additionally, inflows from Saudi Arabia and the UAE contributed to the increase.

Despite these positive developments, the central bank’s reserves have come under pressure due to ongoing debt repayments, increased import payments following the easing of restrictions, and a lack of fresh inflows.