Pakistani rupee’s losing streak against the US dollar entered the second day on Tuesday, shedding 23 paisa (-0.13 percent). The State Bank of Pakistan said in a statement that the dollar opened at Rs176.49 in the interbank market and closed at Rs176.72. The rupee witnessed a trading range of 25 paisa during the session, showing the intraday high bid of 176.70 and low offer of 176.45. Within the open market, the rupee was traded at 178/179 per dollar. Overall Pakistan rupee shed 48 paisa against the US dollar during the last two days, while it has depreciated by 21 paisa during the current year 2022. The local unit has depreciated by Rs19.29 during the ongoing fiscal year 2021-22. The government is taking steps for the revival of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The approval of the State Bank of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill 2021 from the Senate will be a key step and if the bill is passed, it will ensure clearance of Pakistan’s sixth review by the International Monetary Fund’s executive board. The International Monetary Fund’s is holding its executive board meeting on January 28 to review the release of $1 billion for Pakistan. The experts opined that the US dollar may face depreciation in the coming days if all goes well with regards to the IMF programme revival. They said the greenback is overvalued against the local currency. They said that commodity prices in the international market may decline in the coming months, which will cut Pakistan’s import bill and ease off the pressure on the rupee. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the central bank in its meeting held a day earlier decided to keep the policy rate unchanged at 9.75 percent till March in line with the forward guidance provided in the last monetary policy statement. They said that trade and current account deficits due to rising import bill and depletion in the foreign exchange reserves are major threats to the rupee’s stability. The current account deficit ballooned to $9 billion in the first half of the current fiscal year 2021-22 due to a massive surge in imports, which touched $40.50 billion. Likewise, the foreign exchange reserves of the country dropped by $551.7 million (2 percent) on a week-on-week basis to reach $23.35 billion during the week ended January 14, 2022.