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Pakistan turns to Islamic finance market for support

Government seeks to raise up to $1bn to shore up foreign reserves

A man checks an electronic board displaying share prices at the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's first international bond in a year is likely to be well received by investors, despite deepening concerns about the country's macroeconomic stability and deteriorating political risk profile, fund managers and economists said.

The finance ministry plans to raise up to $1 billion by issuing a five-year sukuk, or Islamic bond, in November to help plug a sharply widening current account deficit and shore up falling foreign exchange reserves. Sukuk refers to sharia-compliant securities structured so that buyers receive returns from assets or transactions rather than interest.

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