KARACHI: The rupee ended at 105.30/105.35 against the dollar in the interbank market on Friday, compared to Thursday’s close of 105.40/105.46. Heavy debt repayments to the IMF have dented the central bank’s reserves, which have declined significantly, putting pressure on the rupee. Fresh repayment of $109 million was made on December 30. Overseas Pakistanis sent home a record $13.92 billion in the previous fiscal year (July 2012-June 2013), a growth of 5.56% or $733.64 million compared with $13.187 billion a year earlier. According to data provided by the State Bank of Pakistan, overseas Pakistanis remitted $5.275 billion between July and October this year. Overnight rates in the money market increased to 9.75% from Thursday’s close of 9.50%.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2014.