Pakistan gets a lucrative offer from Central Asian State

Pakistan gets a lucrative offer from Central Asian State

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan gets a small economic lifeline from the brotherly central Asian state.

Pakistan has been extended an offer to obtain an open credit line of $100 million for the procurement of petroleum products by Azerbaijan without any sovereign guarantees.

A senior government official said at the present juncture the offer extended by Azerbaijan would be of some value to Pakistan, reports *Express Tribune.*

Massive pressure has been ratcheting up on the balance of payments and Pakistan will commence talks over a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Currently, the major oil suppliers to Pakistan are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait and any deal it clinches with Azerbaijan will reduce its excessive dependence on them.

Pakistan has nominated Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Azerbaijan has designated state-owned Socar for signing a commercial deal.

But the proposal has been hindered by bureaucratic obstacles and the Petroleum Division is required to obtain approval of the cabinet for waiver of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules in order to ensure a government-to-government (G2G) agreement with Azerbaijan .

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