Monday Jul 19, 2021
KARACHI: The Pakistani rupee on Monday registered a decline of Rs1.55 to settle at Rs161.48 against the US dollar in the interbank market, Geo News reported Monday.
The US dollar jumped by Rs1.5 to close the day at Rs161.48 in the interbank market.
According to the State Bank of Pakistan, the local currency depreciated -0.95% to close at Rs1161.48 against the dollar in the interbank market today.
Last week, the rupee weakened by 0.40% against the dollar because of the high demand for the US currency to pay for imports, dealers had said.
In the interbank market, the rupee was quoted closing at Rs159.94 to the dollar, compared with Thursday’s close of Rs159.30. It had fallen by 64 paisas during the session.
“Today, the outflows were higher than inflows. The mismatch between demand and supply of dollars added to pressure on the domestic currency,” a currency dealer said.
“There had been oil, commodities and machinery and equipment imports,” he had added. Dealers had said they expected the local unit to remain under pressure in the coming days.
Importers seemed to cover payments prior to the Eidul Adha holidays.
The dealers had feared that the rupee was likely to break the support level of Rs159 and touch Rs160 next week.
It had lost 1.31% against the dollar since the beginning of this fiscal year. Increased demand for dollars, especially for oil payments as a result of rising international prices, has pushed the rupee down.