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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Rupee hits all-time low at Rs203.45 against USD

The rupee on Tuesday falls sharply against the dollar in the interbank hitting an all-time low of Rs203.45.

The rupee on Tuesday fell sharply against the dollar in the interbank to hit an all-time low of Rs203.45.

The local currency’s decline is primarily linked to declining foreign reserves, oil-related payments, and uncertainty surrounding the resumption of the multi-billion dollars International Monetary Fun (IMF) programme.

The Forex Association of Pakistan said the greenback gained Rs2.85 against the US dollar around 12:30 am, against the previous day’s close of Rs200.40.

In the open market, the dollar was trading at Rs205 after the Pakistani rupee shed Rs4 on Tuesday.

The rupee had reached a record low of Rs200 on May 19. After the government increased the petroleum prices by a whopping Rs30 a litre, the greenback lost Rs2.25 and fell to Rs199.76

But on June 3, the greenback snapped the local currency’s five-day winning streak. Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has said an IMF deal and rollover of a $2.3 billion Chinese loan would improve the country’s foreign exchange reserves.

Read more: Rupee gains Rs3 against dollar after govt rollbacks fuel subsidy

Taking to Twitter, former information minister and PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry warned of economic riots in the country. “Despite Rs60 hike in petroleum prices in a week, 45% increase in gas prices, and 47% increase in electricity prices, the dollar has not come down below Rs200.”

“Pakistan’s economy seems to have been given to nursery children who want to see every toy open, the risk of economic riots in the country is increasing,” he said.

Meanwhile, PTI leader and former finance minister Hammad Azhar said the country’s economic situation is getting worse every day, saying that an election should be held before it is too late.

Similarly, PTI leader Farrukh Habib said the dollar has crossed Rs200, and the inflation is getting out of control, “but the imported government’s priorities are to hold press conferences against Imran Khan day and night and to implement NRO 2.”