The lack of clarity on both economic and political fronts worsened the Pakistani rupee’s (PKR) difficulties, as the local currency sank to Rs200 against the US dollar during intraday trading in the interbank market on Thursday, May 19.

Pakistani currency officially breached the 200-barrier in the open market on May 18, closing at Rs198.39 after a day-on-day devaluation of Rs2.65 or 1.3 per cent.

Investors, on the other hand, are concerned about the reactivation of the stalled $6 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme due to the government’s inability to implement IMF conditions. Meanwhile, market sentiment was severely harmed by continued domestic political uncertainties.

RELATED STORIES

ADVERTISEMENT

Pakistan and the IMF are holding talks in Doha as the South Asian country wants to revive the IMF programme. On Wednesday, Federal Minister of Finance and Revenue Miftah Ismail met virtually with IMF Mission Chief Nathan Porter.

During the meeting, Ismail underlined the government’s resolve to implement the IMF’s reforms and meet the program’s structural goals.

He stated that the administration recognises the need to make difficult decisions while minimising the impact of inflation on the middle and lower income groups.