The rupee weakened against the US dollar at 207.99 in the inter-bank market on Wednesday compared with 206.94 on Tuesday, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The rupee has depreciated sharply in the past few months in the wake of delay in revival of the stalled International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) loan programme, poor macroeconomic indicators and political uncertainty. It plummeted to an all-time low at 211.93 to a dollar on June 22. Pakistan is expected to receive around $1 billion in the next loan tranche from the IMF once its $6 billion programme is officially revived.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2022.