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Rupee slumps by 98 paisas in interbank trading

February 7, 2023 11:35 AM


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After reaping a slight gain during early trade in the day, the Pakistan rupee could not sustain the upward momentum and slumped by 98 paisas against the US dollar in the interbank on Tuesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

According to the data provided by money dealers, the Pakistan currency notched up by 30 paisas during morning trade but later the local unit sank against the greenback which rose to Rs276.28 towards the close.

https://twitter.com/StateBank_Pak/status/1622918973636624389

Yesterday, the Pakistani rupee exhibited some spine as it opened the week on a positive note and gained Rs1.28 in its value. 

https://twitter.com/StateBank_Pak/status/1622554499364818944?cxt=HHwWgMDQtY6uvIQtAAAA

Last week, the Pakistani rupee endured a massive drubbing at the hands of US dollar. The PKR lost Rs70.45 or 25.59%, while it plummeted by 48.87% against the USD in the last seven sessions. 

However, according to the general secretary of the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP), rupee’s appreciation yesterday could be attributed to the encashment of the pending proceeds by the exporters into the PKR. He was of the view that rupee health would be improved further as Pakistan was about to sign an agreement with the IMF for ninth tranche amounting to $1.18 billion.

The IMF mission which is currently visiting Pakistan is beginning policy-level talks today (Tuesday) after concluding extended technical consultations on Monday.

During its technical level talks, the IMF mission chief demanded clear action to bridge the daunting fiscal gap — between 2 to 2.5 trillion rupees.

The lender has set several conditions for resuming the bailout, including an increase in power tariff, restoration of unrestricted imports and raising the petroleum development levy on diesel.

Reporter Ashraf Khan



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