Pakistani rupee sinks US dollar with another heavy blow, rises by Rs3.03
Greenback falls below Rs220 barrier after losing over three rupees in value in interbank trading
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The Pakistani rupee, buoyed by the prospects of receiving tranche of the IMF-revived loan programme in near future, delivered another heavy blow to the US dollar in the interbank trading on Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The rupee soared by as much as Rs4.66 taking down the US dollar’s value to Rs217.25 in the interbank business, but towards the end of the day the local currency managed to settle at Rs218.88, still up by Rs3.03.
The trend was same in the open market, where the greenback lost two rupees in its value to Rs216.
The greenback closed at Rs221.91 on Wednesday when the local currency was appreciated by 0.96 percent as compared to the previous day’s close.
The dollar rate in the open market on Wednesday was also down by Rs4 closing at Rs218 from Rs222.
The Pakistani rupee gained as much as about nine percent in the first few days of August, rising the most in over five years, after it plunged to a record low towards the end of the last month.
Earlier, the currency had slumped by more than 13 percent in the prior 10 consecutive working days, with an all-time low closing at 239.94 Pakistani rupees on July 28, according to the SBP statistics.
Reporter Ashraf Khan