Pakistani rupee (PKR) experienced a significant decline of over Rs18.8 against the US dollar in the interbank market during intra-day trade, ahead of the monetary policy review and delay in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal.
At approximately 11:40 am, the greenback was being traded at Rs285 against the local currency, compared to its previous day’s closing of Rs266.11.
Zafar Paracha, the General Secretary of ECAP, expressed concern over the delay in the agreement with IMF and the lender’s demand to peg the currency rate with that of the grey market, which has resulted in market uncertainty.
In his opinion, the current rate is too high and should not have risen to this extent. He also noted that the greenback was being traded at Rs290 in the grey market a day earlier.
Adnan Asghar, a currency market expert, stated that the delay in the deal between Pakistan and the IMF has contributed to the depreciation of the rupee.
He added that the uncertain political situation has also been a factor in the decline of the rupee’s value. Asghar warned that the country is approaching a default situation due to this delay.
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