USD/PKR: Anti-Government Protests to Crash Pakistani Rupee

Pakistani Rupee can face difficulties amid anti-government protest, that seek to oust the current Prime Minister Imran Khan.

On the interbank market, Pakistani Rupee settles at 156.40 for 7 consecutive days. During early Asia trading hours, the USD/PKR exchange rate was seen quoted lower at 155.27.

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported that the Pakistani Rupee was traded at Rs 155.35 against Rs 156.40 in the currency market.

The opposition parties, including the Pakistan People Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have organized a sit in strike in Bannu city in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of the country. This might have been the biggest protest since Prime Minister Imran Khan was sworn into office last year.

In other news, the Fed intentions to pause its easing efforts in the short-term can provide a relief rally to emerging market currencies. But, there are other external headwinds that can hinder any positive developments in emerging markets.

The trade war tensions remain the biggest threat to global economic growth. There is a lot of uncertainty over whether or not the world’s most powerful economies in the world can reach a consensus and put an end to the trade dispute.

The benchmark equity index Karachi Stock Exchange KSE-100 Index closed down 1.17% at 37593 on Wednesday. Year-to-day the Pakistan stock exchange market is up 1.42%. The Pakistan 10-year government bond yield gaped higher and closed at 11.562 versus 11.297 previous closing rates.

On the other hand, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of major currencies, was seen trading slightly lower at 97.86 during London trading hours.

USD/PKR Technical Pattern

On the technical front, the USD/PKR exchange rate is trying to challenge again the unofficial peg established at the 155.00 support level. The worsening market sentiment may keep the Pakistani Rupee exchange rate under pressure. is a news site only and not a currency trading platform. is a site operated by TransferWise Inc. (“We”, “Us”), a Delaware Corporation. We do not guarantee that the website will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or is free of viruses or other harmful components. The content on our site is provided for general information only and is not intended as an exhaustive treatment of its subject. We expressly disclaim any contractual or fiduciary relationship with you on the basis of the content of our site, any you may not rely thereon for any purpose. You should consult with qualified professionals or specialists before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site. Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date, and DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Some of the content posted on this site has been commissioned by Us, but is the work of independent contractors. These contractors are not employees, workers, agents or partners of TransferWise and they do not hold themselves out as one. The information and content posted by these independent contractors have not been verified or approved by Us. The views expressed by these independent contractors on do not represent our views.