During the early hours of trading on Friday, the Pakistani rupee (PKR) saw a significant recovery against the US dollar, with an increase of 4.51 per cent. The inter-bank market quoted the PKR at Rs272.78 by 11:50 am, representing an increase of Rs12.31 against the US dollar.

This follows a steep decline of 6.66 per cent or nearly Rs19 to settle at an all-time low of Rs285.09 against the US dollar on Thursday.

On Thursday, the State Bank of Pakistan’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) raised the key policy rate by 300 basis points (bps) to 20 per cent, aiming to curb inflation.


The committee also emphasized the need for energy conservation measures to ease pressure on the external account and meet import requirements. The MPC expects this decision to stabilize inflation expectations and bring it to a medium-term target of 5 per cent-7 per cent by end-FY25.

Globally, the US dollar eased back from a 2-1/2-month high against the yen on Friday, and weakened toward its first weekly loss since January against major peers. This comes as traders tried to gauge the path for Federal Reserve policy.

According to Geo, the dollar index, which measures the currency against the yen, euro, and four other major peers, fell 0.11 per cent to 104.85, from its peak of 105.36 earlier this week. The index has decreased by 0.36 per cent since last Friday.

Meanwhile, oil prices, a critical currency parity indicator, dropped on Friday, but remained poised for a weekly gain due to renewed optimism regarding China’s demand recovery, outweighing concerns over growing crude inventories in the US and tighter monetary policy in Europe.

This is an intraday update.