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Rupee struggles against US dollar, settles at 287.09

  • Currency losses Rs2.44 or 0.85% in inter-bank trading
Published April 10, 2023

The Pakistani rupee witnessed a significant decline against the US dollar in the inter-bank market on Monday.

As per the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the local currency closed at 287.09, down 2.44 or 0.85%.

During the previous week, the rupee had depreciated 0.3% to close at 284.65.

The currency fell in four of the five sessions with the only gain being on Thursday, the day when a finance ministry official said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had indicated that it has gotten a financing assurance from Saudi Arabia.

Rupee falls slightly against US dollar

On Saturday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the staff-level agreement between Pakistan and the IMF was taking time solely because of delay in confirmation of funding from a friendly country.

The financing confirmation would bridge Pakistan’s external account gap and meet the last condition of the IMF.

Until then the currency is likely to remain under pressure.

Meanwhile, Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Economy and Energy Bilal Azhar Kayani on Sunday said that the government successfully averted the default position and expressed optimism for increase in foreign exchange reserves with reaching a staff level deal with the IMF.

Internationally, the US dollar started the week on the front foot after US jobs data pointed to a tight labour market, firming up expectations that the Federal Reserve will again raise interest rates at its meeting next month.

In the currency market, the dollar index, which measures the US currency against six major peers, rose 0.225% to 102.25, lifting away from the two-month low of 101.40 the index touched last week.

Oil prices, a key indicator of currency parity, steadied on Monday, after rising for three straight weeks, as looming supply cuts from Saudi Arabia and other OPEC+ producers balanced concern about weakening global growth that may dampen fuel demand.

Inter-bank market rates for dollar on Monday

BID Rs 287.10

OFFER Rs 289.10

Open-market movement

In the open market, the PKR lost 1.50 rupee for both buying and selling against USD, closing at 290 and 293, respectively.

Against Euro, the PKR gained 1 rupee for both buying and selling, closing at 310 and 314 respectively.

Against UAE Dirham, the PKR remained unchanged for both buying and selling, closing at 78.75 and 79.75, respectively.

Against Saudi Riyal, the PKR lost 50 paisa for both buying and selling, closing at 76.80 and 77.50, respectively.

Open-market rates for dollar on Monday

BID Rs 290

OFFER Rs 293

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Tulukan Mairandi Apr 10, 2023 11:40am
It will continue losing until it reaches PKR500 per USD.
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Pakistan Apr 10, 2023 12:29pm
Sir maja jab chy
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Nadeem Apr 10, 2023 12:49pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, brother why are you redirecting every development in a negative way ?
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Apr 10, 2023 01:37pm
In Islamic republic of Pakistan always Islamic principle of free will has been averted by force of boot, curse is therefore the fate. Things are horribly bad & growing, a true democracy with 0 interference of military establishment may help. Otherwise debts & begging are sure to bring collapse of system like USSR.
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Kami Apr 10, 2023 01:48pm
PDM and Handlers keeping sharp eye on IMF Loan. As soon Loan come .... they have lot of personal plan to achieve. Finance Minister is well known to move money from our country to forigen offshore accounts. So plan in place just witing fir money .
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Kashif Ali Apr 10, 2023 04:25pm
I wish and pray that this is the last political government that this country gets to see. No political government is required at all. No government with any political interest is required. Pakistan needs a selfless, sincere and visionary government which is nationalist to the core. Political assets must be wiped out and they must be made as terrible an example as atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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amgio Apr 11, 2023 11:54am
@Tulukan Mairandi, After" BRICS" developments US $ is getting weak. On the other side mo dout our economy is quite weak. By 2024 $vsPkr 350.
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Rafeeq khan Apr 11, 2023 06:47pm
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Troy Apr 12, 2023 10:48am
@Kashif Ali, yeah bring Islamist mullah led government like Iran one US dollar is equal to fifteen thousand Iranian Timmons being u will need a bag full of money to buy a loaf of bread
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