Pak rupee plunges to all-time low after bypoll results

Karachi, July 18 (IANS) The Pakistani rupee on Monday plunged to an all-time low of 215 against the US dollar in the interbank trade, according to the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP) as the ruling PML-N’s thrashing in the Punjab by-elections has triggered political uncertainty in the country, The News reported.
The rupee depreciated against the greenback by Rs 4.3 during the intraday trade on Monday. It remains to be seen where the local currency will settle at the end of the day’s trading. The dollar is currently being sold for Rs 215.25 in the interbank market, bringing the local currency to an all-time low.
On June 21, the rupee had closed at a record low of 211.48 against the greenback and since then the currency has remained volatile.
Meanwhile, the benchmark KSE-100 index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) is also in the red with the bears dominating the proceedings of the bourse. The index was trading at 41,532.46 points losing nearly 550 points as of 11.34 a.m.
Pakistan-Kuwait Investment Company Head of Research Samiullah Tariq cited import payment pressure and political uncertainty as the reason for the rupee’s hit, The News reported.
The analyst said that Sunday’s by-election results gave clarity but the market is awaiting a strategy going forward.
“(The) market is looking for a direction, therefore investors are anticipating what would be the way forward. Will the coalition government announce early elections or not?” said Tariq.

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