Currency: Rupee stable against dollar   

The International Monetary Fund has repeatedly said that Pakistan’s rupee is overvalued by 5-20%


Our Correspondent November 18, 2017
A currency dealer counts Pakistani rupees and US dollars at his shop in Karachi PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: The rupee remained stable against the dollar at 105.4/105.6 in the inter-bank market on Friday compared with Thursday’s close of 105.4/105.6. The currency market has fluctuated regularly in recent months with hefty rises and falls on some occasions.

Currency: Rupee weakens against dollar 

In the long run, however, the rupee has stood firm after experiencing extensive volatility, when it weakened from around Rs98 to a dollar to above Rs103 in the wake of political impasse over alleged election rigging. The central bank has imposed 100% cash margin on the import of certain consumer goods to restrict the demand for US dollars. The rupee has been one of the best performing currencies in Asia for over three years despite the dollar’s sharp appreciation against other currencies.

However, the International Monetary Fund has repeatedly said that Pakistan’s rupee is overvalued by 5-20%. According to analysts, the artificial support for the rupee has adversely affected Pakistan’s exports.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2017.

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