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Pakistani Rupee Gains Momentum as Demand for US Dollars Slows

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The Pakistani rupee has shown signs of recovery in the inter-bank market for the second consecutive working day, with a 0.25% increase or Rs0.70 to Rs283.20 against the US dollar. The recent uptick in the currency can be attributed to a slowdown in demand for US dollars for imports, which has been partially closed due to the financial crisis in the country.

The rupee has regained 0.28%, or Rs0.81, in two days after appreciating 0.82%, or Rs2.32, to Rs284.03 against the greenback on Monday. Market analysis suggests that the supply of foreign currency has slightly improved in the inter-bank market as overseas Pakistanis are sending higher remittances to their family members back home to help them cope with high inflation during Ramazan, which is set to begin on Friday.

Historical data suggests that the inflow of workers’ remittances peaks each year before and during Ramazan. This, coupled with reports that the rupee has become significantly undervalued, has contributed to the recent uptick in the currency. However, any permanent recovery will come once the inflows surge.

It is important to note that the Pakistani economy has been facing challenges such as high inflation, a widening current account deficit, and declining foreign reserves. These challenges have put pressure on the currency, which has been depreciating against the US dollar over the past few years. The recent uptick in the rupee provides some relief to the economy, but sustained efforts will be required to address the underlying challenges and restore stability to the currency.

In conclusion, the recent uptick in the Pakistani rupee can be attributed to a slowdown in demand for US dollars for imports, higher remittances from overseas Pakistanis, and reports of undervaluation. However, sustained efforts will be required to address the underlying challenges facing the economy and restore stability to the currency.

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