ISLAMABAD – As rupee lost over 20 percent of its value since the start of the year, Pakistanis are facing skyrocketing prices and are looking desperately for a sigh of relief from the government amid hard times.
A report by leading publication claimed that government employees can expect pay raise by up to 50 percent in the upcoming budget.
A report in Daily Jang claimed that Sharif-led government, in its final budget before going to elections, has decided to increase the salaries of public sector employees by up to 50 percent, as well as 30 increments in the pensions for retired government workers.
It said that no final decision has been made as of now as Finance Minister will finalise a strategy in this regard in upcoming meetings. The federal government is also considering to raise the monthly minimum wage of laborers to Rs40000 as people are struggling to pay for basic commodities.
Earlier, the government decided to give relief to people on petrol but International Monetary Fund restricted Pakistan from giving any subsidy without approval.
The global lender while giving a hard time to cash-strapped nation issued a Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP), in which it made it clear that the Pakistani government will not provide any kind of additional subsidy without its prior approval.
Moreover, IMF wants Islamabad to further increase its interest rates maintaining that higher rates are crucial to fight inflation and lowering the country’s current account deficit.
Lately, Consumer Price Index (CPI) based monthly inflation skyrocketed to an all-time high of 36.4% on a year-over-year basis in April 2023 compared to 35.4% in the previous month and 13.4% in April 2022. This is the highest rate of inflation in South Asia.
KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee continued its positive trajectory against the US dollar in the interbank market on Thursday with the local currency’s recovery relating to crackdown launched against hoarders and outflows of the foreign currency through unlawful means.
During the intraday trading, PKR moved up against the USD, and hovered at 287.73, with an increase of Rs1.04, in the interbank market.
Yesterday, the Pakistani rupee appreciated 0.36pc to settle at 288.75.
Last week, the government said a crackdown to prevent cross-border smuggling was initiated across Pakistan. The country’s central bank also stepped up supervision of the foreign exchange market, ordering banks to set up separate entities to conduct forex transactions.
The SBP also introduced structural reforms in the exchange companies’ sector to provide better services and to ensure a transparent system.
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 202,600 on Thursday.
The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 177,700. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Karachi||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Islamabad||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Peshawar||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Quetta||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Sialkot||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Attock||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Gujranwala||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Jehlum||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Multan||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Gujrat||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Nawabshah||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Chakwal||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Hyderabad||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Nowshehra||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Sargodha||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Faisalabad||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|
|Mirpur||PKR 202,600||PKR 2,495|