Dollar tops PKR 186.13 at interbank closing

Dollar tops PKR 186.13 at interbank closing

KARACHI: The US dollar ended at Pakistan Rupee (PKR) 186.13, a new historic high of the foreign currency, at closing of interbank foreign exchange market on Wednesday.

The rupee fell by 90 paisas against the dollar to fell the all-time low of Rs186.13 as compared with last day’s closing of Rs185.23, the previous record low of the local unit against the greenback.

READ MORE: Dollar hits PKR 184.35 in intraday trading

The rupee fell non-stop against the dollar for the last 16 trading sessions. The local currency recorded Rs178.51 at interbank closing on March 11, 2022 and since then the dollar’s made gain Rs7.62.

The local unit recorded a decline of Rs28.59 or 18.15 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 Rs186.13 to the dollar on April 06, 2022.

Currency experts attributed the new wave of rupee devaluation to political uncertainty at home and an international conspiracy to regime change in Pakistan.

READ MORE: Dollar makes new top at Rs184.09

Many believe that Pakistan was not able to receive funds from international agencies, which resulted in massive fall in foreign exchange reserves in past few weeks.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

READ MORE: Rupee falls to new historic low to dollar at 182.64

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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