Pakistan plans $1bn sukuk to boost reserves

Pakistan plans to sell more than $1bn of Islamic bonds after its first overseas debt sale in seven years boosted reserves. The dollar-denominated notes will be marketed at the end of the third or in the fourth quarter of 2014, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said. Investor interest will determine the size of the offering which will be “much more” than $1bn and managers are yet to be appointed, he added. Dar said he expects investors from the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and the US. A successful conclusion to review talks with the IMF – which began in Dubai this week and will probably end on May 10 – will hopefully result in good pricing on the debt, he added. The sale is part of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s plan to attract investment and overhaul the economy to meet conditions on a $6.6bn IMF loan.