KARACHI: The rupee remained stable at 101.5/101.7 against the dollar in the inter-bank market on Friday compared to Thursday’s close of 101.5/101.7. The currency market has remained stable for the past many months after experiencing extensive volatility, when the rupee weakened from around Rs98 to a dollar to above Rs103 in the wake of political impasse over alleged election rigging. Earlier, the rupee remained glued to the Rs98 level for months, recovering from the historic low of Rs110. It came under pressure following heavy debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other creditors, which ate into the central bank’s foreign currency reserves. In 2013-14, the reserves, however, swelled more than 50%, thanks to IMF and other assistance and growing remittances sent home by overseas Pakistanis. Remittances amounted to $16.6 billion in the first 11 months of 2014-15, which translated into a year-on-year increase of 16%.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2015.