WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - The International Monetary
Fund's board on Wednesday approved a $6.7 billion loan package
for Pakistan to help the South Asian nation revive its ailing
In a statement, the IMF said the three-year program should
help Pakistan rebuild its reserves and prevent a crisis in the
balance of payments. IMF loans generally come with conditions
for economic reform and should encourage other donors to step in
with more funds.
Pakistan gets $540 million immediately, and the rest will be
disbursed after regular reviews of the program, the Fund said.