In a reversal from its recent gains, gold prices in Pakistan opened the new week in the red, witnessing a decline of Rs1,200 per tola for 24-karat gold, bringing it to Rs214,800 on Monday.

The Karachi Sarafa Association reported a decrease of Rs1,029 in the 10-gramme 24-karat gold, settling at  184,156. The 10-gramme 22-karat gold closed at Rs168,810.

This comes after a notable surge last week, where gold prices rose by Rs2,100 per tola due to an upswing in international prices. Contrary to gold, silver prices remained steady in the domestic market, with 24-karat silver selling at Rs2,600 per tola and Rs2,229.08 per 10-gramme.

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The international context reveals a 0.8 per cent drop in spot gold during today’s early trade session, amounting to $16.18.

This decline is attributed to a rise in US Treasury yields and the dollar, fueled by diminished expectations of a rate cut. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell dismissed the idea of lowering interest rates in the spring, expressing confidence in inflation returning to the 2 per cent target, according to Reuters.

Adding to the pressure on domestic gold prices is the Pakistani rupee’s continued success against the US dollar. As the PKR maintains its positive trajectory, it further contributes to the challenges faced by the domestic gold market.