When it comes to money in Swiss banks,Pakistan has a slight edge over India with total funds amounting to 1,441 million Swiss francs (about Rs 9,200 crore) held there by Pakistani individuals and entities.
However,this was the lowest level for such funds ever since Switzerlands central bank began compiling this data in 2002 and was less than half of the record high amount of over 3 billion Swiss francs recorded in 2005. The previous record low of 1.95 billion Swiss francs was seen in 2010.
In their local currency,the total funds held by individuals and entities from Pakistan in Swiss banks stood at over 15,000 crore Pakistani rupees as on December 31,2012.
A higher amount than Indian entities assumes significance as Pakistan is a much smaller country in terms of population and area.
Still,the quantum of money held by Swiss banks for their Pakistani clients was about 1.5 per cent higher than the equivalent figure for Indians at 1,421 million Swiss francs (about Rs 9,100 crore) at the end of 2012,the latest data compiled by Swiss National Bank shows.