KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves eased to $17.01 billion in the week ending on May 7, from $17.11 billion the previous week, a State Bank official said on Thursday. Reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) fell to $13.59 billion from $13.70 billion a week ago, while those held by commercial banks rose marginally to $3.42 billion from $3.41 billion, said the SBP's spokesman Syed Wasimuddin. The fall was because of scheduled repayments, said Wasimuddin. Forex reserves have grown steadily thanks to higher export proceeds as well as record inflow of remittances, hitting an all-time high of $17.95 billion during the week that ended on March 26. Reserves have since eased slightly on debt repayments. Remittances from overseas Pakistanis increased by 23.81 percent to over $9 billion in the first 10 months of the 2010/11 fiscal year, with $1.03 billion coming in in April, according to the SBP.