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Gold Price Declines in Pakistan as Global Market Witnesses Fluctuation

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The international gold market experienced a decline, causing the value of gold to drop in Pakistan as well. The All Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA) reported a decrease of Rs6,500 per tola and Rs5,573 per 10 grams for 24-carat gold, reaching Rs230,800 and Rs197,874, respectively. Simultaneously, the global gold rate dropped by $33, settling at $2,005 per ounce. Analysts predict continued fluctuations in the international rate due to uncertainty surrounding the United States debt ceiling. Pakistan’s economic and political turmoil, high inflation, and currency depreciation have been driving gold prices to new highs, leading people to consider it a safe investment and a hedge.

In recent developments, the price of gold witnessed a decline in the international market, subsequently impacting its value in Pakistan. According to data provided by the All Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the rate of 24-carat gold fell by Rs6,500 per tola and Rs5,573 per 10 grams, reaching Rs230,800 and Rs197,874, respectively. This drop in gold prices can be attributed to the corresponding decrease in the international gold rate, which decreased by $33, settling at $2,005 per ounce.

The fluctuation in the global gold market has been causing uncertainty, with analysts predicting continued variations during the month of May. One of the key factors contributing to this volatility is the uncertainty surrounding the United States debt ceiling, a matter that Congress is currently addressing. Such geopolitical and economic factors have a significant impact on the value of gold, which is often considered a safe-haven investment during times of uncertainty.

Within the context of Pakistan, gold prices have been soaring, setting new highs on an almost daily basis. This trend is primarily driven by a multitude of factors. Economic and political turmoil, coupled with high inflation and currency depreciation, have prompted individuals to view gold as a reliable investment and a hedge against these adverse conditions. The ongoing absence of a staff-level agreement between the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a crucial economic bailout further contributes to the prevailing economic uncertainties. International agencies have raised concerns about Pakistan’s risk of default following the conclusion of the current loan program, as the country’s foreign exchange reserves remain critically low and the rupee reached a new low of Rs300 against the US dollar on May 11.

Moreover, inflation in Pakistan has reached record levels, surpassing those of other countries in South Asia. Violent protests have also erupted following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, adding to the political tensions and exacerbating the economic instability.

The decline in the international gold market has impacted gold prices in Pakistan, leading to a decrease in its value. As fluctuations persist in the global gold rates due to geopolitical and economic uncertainties, Pakistan continues to experience economic and political turmoil, high inflation, and currency depreciation. These factors contribute to the increasing demand for gold as a safe investment and hedge against prevailing adversities. As the situation evolves, market observers will closely monitor the fluctuations in gold prices and their implications for Pakistan’s economic landscape.

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