Dollar continues record spree against PKR; hits 185.23

Dollar continues record spree against PKR; hits 185.23

KARACHI: The US dollar’s record making 15-day spree against Pakistan Rupee (PKR) continued on Tuesday as the exchange rate ended Rs185.23 in interbank foreign exchange market.

The rupee fell by Rs1.14 paisas to close at Rs185.25 to the dollar from previous close of Rs184.09 on April 01, 2022 in the interbank foreign exchange market.

The rupee fell non-stop against the dollar for the last 15 trading sessions. The local currency recorded Rs178.51 at interbank closing on March 11, 2022 and since then the dollar’s made gain Rs6.72.

READ MORE: Dollar makes new top at Rs184.09

The local unit recorded a decline of Rs27.69 or 17.58 per cent against the dollar since start of the current fiscal year. The rupee was at Rs157.54 to the dollar on June 30, 2021 and fell to Rs185.23 to the dollar on April 05, 2022.

The recent fall may be attributed to significant fall to foreign exchange reserves. Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves have depleted by $2.88 billion in a week to $18.554 billion by week ended March 25, 2022, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said on Thursday. The foreign exchange reserves of the country were $21.44 billion by week ended March 18, 2022.

READ MORE: Rupee continues falling spree; dollar at Rs183.48

This is seventh consecutive week when the country’s foreign exchange reserves have witnessed consistent decline. The liquid foreign exchange reserves of Pakistan have declined by $5.167 billion since February 04, 2022, when the reserves were at $23.721 billion.

The ballooning current account deficit escalated the dollar value. Pakistan’s current account deficit ballooned to $12 billion during first eight months (July – February) 2021/2022 against a surplus of $994 million in the corresponding months of the last fiscal year.

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Although the current account deficit narrowed to $545 million in February 2022 as compared with the deficit of $2.53 billion in January 2022, scheduled external repayments are still a threat to balance of payment.

The trade deficit widened by 70 per cent to $35.39 billion during first nine months (July – March) 2021/2022 as compared with the deficit of $20.8 billion in the corresponding months of the last fiscal year.

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The exports of the country recorded an increase of 24.67 per cent to $23.3 billion during first nine months of the current fiscal year as compared with $18.7 billion in the same months of the last fiscal year.

Meanwhile, import bill registered an increase of 48.63 per cent to $58.69 billion during July – March 2021/2022 as compared with $39.49 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

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