US dollar hammers Pakistani rupee with 17th blow in a row
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Pakistani rupee suffered 17th consecutive loss to the US dollar in the interbank trading on Thursday and the difference is widening, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The margin which was only in a few paisas earlier has now expanded to dozens of paisas, and on Thursday it was 21 paisas taking the greenback to close the day at Rs228.14.
Interbank closing #ExchangeRate for todayhttps://t.co/3d2f49Xw5Q pic.twitter.com/bqeMSkVUSb— SBP (@StateBank_Pak) January 12, 2023
On Wednesday, Pakistani currency lost five paisas to close at Rs227.93 in inter-bank market/
Interbank closing #ExchangeRate for todayhttps://t.co/T9Ja4aA48r pic.twitter.com/rdHLFNo86r— SBP (@StateBank_Pak) January 11, 2023
During the ongoing fiscal year, the rupee has depreciated 10.16% against the greenback.
In a key development, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) said it could increase its investments in Pakistan’s cash-strapped economy to $10 billion, the Saudi state news agency reported on Tuesday, as well as increase the ceiling on deposits into the Pakistan central bank to $5 billion.
Last month, the Saudis extended the terms of an existing $3 billion deposit in the central bank it made in 2021.
On Monday, international donors - including Saudi Arabia - committed over $9 billion to help Pakistan recover from ruinous floods last year at a Geneva meeting co-hosted by the United Nations and Pakistan’s government.
Those positive developments have so far failed to make an impact on the money market.
Reporter Ashraf Khan