PKR weakens by Rs2.32 in interbank on IMF uncertainty.

The rupee remained under pressure on Monday, with analysts citing the uncertainty surrounding the revival of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme and a lack of confidence in the government.

The local currency closed at Rs284.03 per dollar, according to data shared by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). This equates to a depreciation of Rs2.32 or 0.82 per cent from Friday's close of Rs281.71.

Saad bin Naseer, director of financial data and analytics portal Mettis Global, said the main reason for the depreciation is a lack of confidence in the government's statements. He noted that despite government assurances, it had been over a month since an IMF delegation's visit to Pakistan, and a staff-level agreement (SLA) was yet to be signed.

Naseer said the rupee would start appreciating again once the IMF loan programme was revived, adding that higher inflows were also expected in Ramzan.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had assured the Senate last week that the IMF agreement would be signed 'soon'. During the same session, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that an assurance from 'friendly countries' to fund a balance of payment gap was the last hurdle in securing an IMF deal.

Several countries had made commitments to support Pakistan during previous IMF reviews, he said, adding that the IMF was now asking for those commitments.

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