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Infirm rupee steadies a bit against dollar

Written by The Frontier Post

ISLAMABAD (INP): The infirm Pakistani rupee which has been bearing the onslaught of the aggressive US dollar for the last several trading sessions has shown some revival signs as the local unit has inched up by 40 paisa in the interbank trading on Thursday.
The foreign currency dealers said that during the morning trading activity, the Pakistani rupee fared well against the US dollar as the American currency traded at Rs239.25 by 10am, lower by 40 paisa from yesterday’s close. On Wednesday, the US dollar came closer to skyrocketing to another historic high against the Pakistani rupee as it gained 74 paisa in the interbank trading and concluded at Rs239.65, a few paisa away from hitting a record level against the Pakistani currency.
However, the banking market sources pegged the US dollar at close to Rs240.75. Within two months, the rupee returned to the record devalued position it attained on July 28 while the currency dealers in the banking market said the dollar broke all records as it crossed Rs240. After the disbursement of IMF $1.16 billion tranche last month, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said a few days ago that the Pakistani currency would start stabilizing after some time.
On Sept 18, the Saudi Arabi also rolled over a $3 billion debt for one year on the existing tough terms and the International Monetary Fund also announced support for Pakistan’s flood-relief efforts but without giving any additional loan. IMF Resident Representative Esther Perez Ruiz on Sunday issued a brief statement, making clear the global lender’s approach towards Pakistan in the aftermath of the devastating floods. Perez said that the IMF was deeply saddened by the devastating impact of the floods in Pakistan, offering sympathies to the millions of victims of the floods.
“We will work with others in the international community to support, under the current programme, the authorities’ relief and reconstruction efforts, and especially their ongoing endeavour to assist those affected by the floods while ensuring sustainable policies and macroeconomic stability,” Perez said. According to the State Bank of Pakistan, country’s current account deficit has fallen to $0.7bn in Aug compared to $1.2bn in July. It seems that the market sentiments somehow remained positive after these developments.

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