The All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA) resumed its bullion rate updates after an approximate month-long hiatus, revealing a substantial decline in the value of precious metals.

According to APSGJA’s data, the price of 24-carat gold plummeted by Rs15,500 per tola and Rs13,546 per 10 grammes, reaching new levels of Rs199,500 and Rs171,039, respectively.

The last bullion rate report was issued on September 12, when the per-tola price of gold stood at Rs215,000.

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However, escalating uncertainties in the economic landscape led to increased speculation. Consequently, the government intervened with a crackdown on speculators, resulting in the temporary suspension of bullion rate updates.

During this 28-day period of rate suspension, gold traders resorted to arbitrary pricing as no standardised rates were available. Simultaneously, in the international market, the price of gold experienced a notable decline, dropping by $55 to reach $1,891 per ounce.

Furthermore, APSGJA’s data also revealed a decrease in silver prices, with a Rs50 per tola and Rs42.87 per 10 grammes reduction, bringing silver’s rates to Rs2,500 and Rs2,143.34, respectively.