On Monday, the Pakistani rupee exhibited a slight improvement in its exchange rate against the US dollar, closing with a gain of 0.46 per cent in the inter-bank market. The local currency settled at Rs275.30 per US dollar, an improvement of Rs1.28, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).
During the current fiscal year, the rupee has depreciated by 25.47 per cent against the US dollar. This appreciation follows a recent decline, with the rupee hitting an all-time low against the US dollar on Friday, closing at Rs276.58, a decrease of Rs5.22 or 1.89 per cent.
Last week, the Pakistani rupee experienced a cumulative decline of 5.05 per cent. This was due to a number of factors, including low foreign exchange reserves, which decreased by an additional $592 million to reach a mere $3.09 billion.
Additionally, comments made by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif regarding the challenging loan negotiation process with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) further added to investor concerns.
Discussions with the IMF are ongoing, and reports indicate that the organization is requiring reforms and preconditions in several critical areas, including taxation, the power sector, and energy pricing. Analysts predict that the rupee will continue to face pressure until the IMF program is fully clarified.
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