KARACHI: The Pak Rupee gained another 36 paisas against the dollar on Thursday owing to inflows of workers’ remittances and export receipts offset the demand for import payment.
The rupee ended Rs160.26 to the dollar from the previous day’s closing of Rs160.62 in the interbank foreign exchange market.
Currency experts said that due to positive economic indicators and current account surplus the rupee made gain. They said that during the day the market witnessed demand for dollars but the inflows helped the rupee to further appreciate against the greenback.
The inflow of workers’ remittances has registered a sharp increase of 31.2 percent after making the fourth consecutive month of over $2 billion received in September 2020.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said that the remittances increased to $2.3 billion, 31.2 percent higher than the same month last year and 9 percent higher than in August 2020.
Workers’ remittances remained above $2 billion for the fourth consecutive month in September, the central bank said.
On a cumulative basis, remittances rose to a record $ 7.1 billion in the first quarter of current fiscal year, 31.1 higher than the same period last year.
The level of remittances in September was slightly higher than SBP’s projections of $2 billion.