Pakistani rupee strengthens by Rs2.82 against dollar, closes at Rs270.51
The Pakistani rupee (PKR) experienced an upward trend against the US dollar in the inter-bank market on Thursday, appreciating by 1.04 per cent due to expectations surrounding the revival of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program.
According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the currency closed at Rs270.51 against the US dollar, reflecting an increase of Rs2.82. Despite this improvement, the currency has depreciated by 23.7 per cent during the current fiscal year against the US dollar.
On Wednesday, the PKR also saw significant gains against the US dollar, closing at Rs273.33, reflecting an appreciation of Rs2.95 or 1.08 per cent.
In a key development, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Thursday negotiations between Pakistan and the IMF are “on track” and “we will announce good news soon”.
Speaking to the media, Dar said talks between the two sides had entered the final round, progress has been “satisfactory” and he hopes discussions will conclude today.
The dollar index, which measures the US currency against six rivals, was 0.029 per cent higher on Thursday at 103.460, having dropped nearly 0.3 per cent in the previous session.
Gold prices, rose for a fourth straight session as the dollar faltered, although bullion’s outlook remained cloudy amid the comments made by Fed officials.
Meanwhile, oil prices, a key indicator of currency parity, were broadly steady on Thursday as the prospect of higher fuel demand in China as it reopens post-COVID curbs were offset by fears that US crude stocks hitting their highest for months may signal weakening demand in the world’s number one economy.
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