- Pakistan rupee gains further ground in interbank market.
- Local unit gains after successive losses last week.
- Increase comes following Ishaq Dar’s return to Pakistan.
The Pakistani rupee gained further ground as the US dollar continued its declining trend for the third consecutive session on Tuesday.
The dollar lost Rs3.20 against the rupee on Tuesday and was trading at Rs234 in the interbank market during intraday trade as of 10:30am, after the local unit suffered consecutive losses during several sessions in the last trading week.
The dollar has so far shed Rs5.15 in the interbank market, only two days into the trade week.
The local currency on Friday — the last trading day of the outgoing week — finally broke its losing streak against the dollar after continuously depreciating for 15 consecutive sessions.
The rupee came close to reaching a record low of 240 against the dollar but was unable to do so after several positive cues despite deadly floods devastating Pakistan’s economy.
Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP) General Secretary Zafar Paracha had said it seems the market is responding to PML-N leader Ishaq Dar’s arrival and the announcement of him replacing Miftah Ismail as the finance minister.
Dar has returned to Pakistan after five years of self-imposed exile in London to “facilitate” the government in its efforts to resurrect a cash-strapped economy by taking over the key portfolio of the finance ministry.
Apart from Dar’s announcement, Paracha noted that the market players were noting political stability as well — after PTI Chairman Imran Khan stated he could return to parliament if the alleged cipher — purportedly containing threatening text behind his government’s ouster — is probed.
The ECAP general secretary also said that the announcement from the World Bank about repurposing funds, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) plans to help Pakistan, and the Asian Development Bank’s help have boosted hopes of the market.