The rupee dropped to an all-time low of 161.5 to the US dollar in the inter-bank market on Wednesday. The currency depreciated by Rs4.5.
The inter-bank market closed on Dollar to PKR 156.98 on Tuesday.
The rupee came under pressure apparently due to (large) foreign debt repayment before the outgoing fiscal year closes on June 30, 2019, other Large international payments, the country is scheduled to pay, include petroleum oil import payments.
Besides, the corporate sector is buying dollars to settle their accounts ahead of the closure of FY19.
On the other hand, the country’s foreign currency reserves stand insufficient at only $7.6 billion.
Dollar to PKR Depreciation…….
Last week, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Dr. Reza Baqir said, “The recent depreciation in rupee is seasonal”.
The rupee has cumulatively dropped over 9%, or Rs13.58, under the current round of rupee depreciation since June 3.
Baqir added this is a seasonal pattern as several companies need dollars to make international payments ahead of the closure of their yearly books on June 30, he said.
According to the predictions by different economists, an increasing Dollar to PKR rate is an “ongoing phenomena”.