Intraday update: Pakistani rupee drops to historic low of Rs278.67 against US dollar
After Finance Minister Ishaq Dar authorised a proposal for charity groups to help raise almost $2 billion from overseas Pakistanis, the Pakistani rupee (PKR) fell by over 2.5 per cent against the dollar during intraday trade on Friday, falling as low as Rs278 against the dollar.
The rupee was trading at Rs278.67 versus the dollar in intraday trade on the interbank market around 12:50 pm, according to the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP).
The local currency fell by Rs7.32 from its previous day’s closing rate of Rs271.35 to the US dollar.
The PKR has lost Rs7 or more versus the US Dollar during intraday trade for the third time in a week.
Bloomberg reports that Pakistani rupee and dollar bonds fell after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is making life difficult for the country in the ongoing loan negotiations.
According to information gathered by the US publication, USD/PKR increases 1.8 per cent to a record 275.0250. Bonds that are due in April 2024 were priced at 56.94 cents on the dollar, down 0.3 cents.
Experts claim that the market is responding to news stories about the demands put forward by the IMF. In the coming days, rupee losses will intensify if Pakistan is unable to reach a staff-level agreement with the Fund.
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