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Rupee steady at 181.73 against US dollar

The Pakistani rupee ended level with the previous session’s all-time low closing on Thursday as importers, wary of the firm trend in the dollar, continued their purchases of the US currency.

According to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the rupee closed at Rs181.73 against the US dollar in the interbank market.

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The Pakistani rupee has depreciated by 12.33% (or Rs19.44) since the start of the current fiscal year on July 1, 2021, data released by the central bank revealed.

The rupee has maintained a downtrend for the past 11 months. It has lost 15.68% (or Rs24.71) to date, compared to the 22-month high of Rs152.27 recorded in May 2021.

Currency dealers said political uproar ahead of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan and vagueness about the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan programme weighed on the rupee. “The political turmoil is giving a bad impression about the future direction of the country’s economy,” a foreign exchange dealer said. He further added that any delays in disbursement of the next loan tranche from the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility will add to the negative view. He was of the view that reviving investors’ confidence was inevitable to put a stop to the downward trend of the rupee.

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Meanwhile, Pakistan-Kuwait Investment Company Head of Research Samiullah Tariq wrote on Twitter: “We should remember that the [Pakistani rupee] depreciation we are witnessing today is due to stagnant to declining exports during the past decade.”

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