A currency dealer counts Rs5,000 notes in Pakistan in this undated photo. — AFP/File

Rupee surges as IMF bails Pakistan out of risk of slipping into default

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A currency dealer counts Rs5,000 notes in Pakistan in this undated photo. — AFP/File

KARACHI: The Pakistani rupee surged against the US dollar Tuesday during intraday trade after the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) executive board revived the much-awaited bailout programme for Islamabad.

The rupee appreciated from 1.92 to 220 against the US dollar during intraday trade in the interbank market, down from Monday’s close of 221.92.

After months-long hectic efforts, the global money lender approved the seventh and eighth reviews of the stalled $6 billion Pakistan programme, government officials announced Monday night.

In a statement, the Fund announced that the executive board completed the combined seventh and eighth reviews of the “extended arrangement” under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Pakistan.

“The board’s decision allows for an immediate disbursement of SDR 894 million (about $1.1 billion), bringing total purchases for budget support under the arrangement to about US$3.9 billion,” the statement read.

The global lender also approved to increase the loan size and extended it till June 2023.

Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP) General Secretary Zafar Paracha told Geo.tv that he expects the local unit to keep appreciating and fall to 200 in the coming days.

Paracha highlighted that as the deal materialised after a long delay, the government took some measures for fiscal tightening that led to an increase in smuggling.

Apart from the smuggling of dollars to Afghanistan, Paracha said that the heavy regulatory duties imposed on imports led to an increase in the smuggling of commodities — which resulted in a shortage of dollars.

He noted that although the amount from the global money lender amounted to $1.1 billion, it will pave the way for Pakistan to get additional funds from other multilateral and bilateral organisations.

Paracha said that the foreign direct investment would also increase and expected that the overall economy would witness a boost in the coming days.

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