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THE RUPEE: PKR declines further on uncertainty over IMF talks

– Business Recorder

Pakistan’s rupee continued to depreciate against the US dollar, falling another 0.25% to close at 174 .43 in the inter-bank market on Monday.

As per the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the PKR closed at 174.43 against the USD, a day-on-day depreciation of 43 paisas or 0.25%. On Friday, the PKR had dropped to the-then record low of 174.

The PKR has lost 12.7% of its value against the greenback since its recent high in May. It has depreciated 9.7% during the ongoing fiscal year alone, raising concerns over inflation.

Uncertainty over talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has created a sense of uneasiness in the market, said Tahir Abbas, Head of Research at Arif Habib Limited (AHL), while talking to Business Recorder.

“Lack of clarity on IMF negotiations has raised concerns in the market, as uncertainty regarding the outcome and the timeframe has created pressure on the rupee,” said Abbas.

Abbas said that it is important to have successful negotiations with the international lender, otherwise, Pakistan would need to look for other sources for funds “which will be a difficult path”.

Pakistan is seeking a $1-billion tranche under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) of the IMF.

Abbas, however, remained optimistic that the resumption of the IMF programme will cool off the demand pressure on the rupee.

Earlier, Business Recorder reported that Pakistan has agreed to implement most of the conditions of the IMF for the resuscitation of its stalled $6 billion extended loan facility. Sources divulged on Saturday that Pakistan succumbed to the global lender pressure, agreeing to implement most of the conditions which the Fund had proposed.

Sources said that Pakistan agreed to raise tax collection, speed up the privatisation process and introduce reforms in the power sector as suggested by the international money lender.

Open-market movement

In the open market, the PKR lost 1.30 rupees for buying and 1.20 rupees for selling against USD, closing at 174.80 and 175.50, respectively.

Against Euro, the PKR lost 1.10 rupees for buying and 1.30 rupees for selling, closing at 201.70 and 203.50, respectively.

Against UAE Dirham, the PKR lost 10 paisas for buying while remaining unchanged for selling, closing at 49.40 and 49.85, respectively.

Against Saudi Riyal, the PKR gained 65 paisas for buying and 1.40 rupees for selling, closing at 45.85 and 46.30, respectively.


Open Bid Rs 174.80

Open Offer Rs 175.50


Interbank Closing Rates: Interbank Closing Rates For Dollar on Monday.


Open Bid Rs 174.40

Open Offer Rs 174.50


RUPEE IN LAHORE: The Pak rupee depreciated its worth in the process of trading against the greenback in the open currency market on Monday.

According to the local currency dealers, the short supply phenomenon of the greenback continued to prevail throughout the trading session which helped its appreciation for buying and selling at Rs 174.65 and Rs 175.50 against the previous closing rate of Rs 174.00 and Rs 175.30, respectively.

On the contrary, the rupee showed strength as it recovered its earlier losses versus the pound sterling. As a result, the pound’s buying and selling rates declined from Monday’s closing of Rs 238.10 and Rs 239.70 to Rs 238.00 and Rs 239.30, respectively, they added.

RUPEE IN ISLAMABAD AND RAWALPINDI: The dollar further gained strength against the rupee at the open currency markets of Islamabad and Rawalpindi here on Monday.

The dollar opened at Rs 175(buying) and Rs175.10 (selling) against last week’s rate of

Rs 174.30 (buying) and Rs 174.40 (selling).

It closed at Rs 175(buying) and Rs175.10 (selling).

The buying and selling rates of one tola of gold was Rs. 115,000(buying) and Rs115,500 (selling).

Syed Zaki Hussain

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