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Gold price falls by Rs250 in Pakistan

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  • Per tola gold price settles at Rs130,000.
  • Cumulatively, gold lost Rs750 per tola during the week.
  • Silver prices in domestic market remained unchanged.

KARACHI: The price of gold in Pakistan decreased by Rs250 per tola and Rs214 per 10 grams to settle at Rs130,000 per tola and Rs111,454 per 10 grams, respectively.

A day earlier, the precious commodity closed at Rs130,250 per tola and Rs111,668 per 10 grams.

Cumulatively, the safe-haven asset lost Rs750 or 0.57% per tola during the week ended March 19. Meanwhile, in the international market gold extended losses recording a decline of $11 per ounce to settle at $1,921.

Globally, gold was on track for its biggest weekly drop in nearly four months on Friday, after the demand for the safe-haven metal was hit by hopes of progress in peace talks between Russia and Ukraine as well as the fallout from a US interest rate hike.

The dollar jumped against its rivals, making bullion more expensive for overseas buyers.

“We have seen the invasion-driven momentum and speculative fury (for gold) massively cool off over the past 10 days,” said David Jones, chief market strategist at Capital.com.

Bullion is down 2.8% this week as optimism over the peace talks lifted sentiment in wider financial markets, denting demand for safe-haven assets.

“If there is a ceasefire or some sort of a deal, gold could drop fairly quickly,” said Edward Meir, an analyst with ED&F Man Capital Markets.

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point and forecast an aggressive plan to push borrowing costs to restrictive levels next year. read more

Higher interest rates tend to raise the opportunity cost of holding non-interest paying gold.

Gold rates in Pakistan are around Rs5,500 below the cost compared to the rate in the Dubai market.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market remained unchanged at Rs1,500 and Rs1,286 today.

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Pakistan’s gold price increases by an additional Rs. 800 per tola.

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The price of yellow metal in the local market hit Rs247,300 on the first working day of the week, following a rise of Rs800 in a single day.

The cost of ten grams of 24-karat gold increased by Rs686 on Monday, making the current price Rs212,020.

In addition, the cost of 10 grams of 22-karat gold increased significantly, trading at Rs194,351.

These fluctuations are strongly correlated with shifts in the US dollar’s value, demonstrating the tight connection between gold prices and exchange rates. This emphasizes how local gold markets are impacted by variables related to the global economy.

The price of the precious metal dropped $16 on the international market on Monday, hitting $2,348 per ounce.

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A delegation from Pakistan travels to the US to bargain with the IMF for a new loan.

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The Pakistani delegation consists of the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, the Secretary of Finance, the Additional Secretary, and other individuals.

The Finance Minister was greeted at the airport by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Masood Khan, and Embassy staff.

The Finance Minister will meet with representatives of the World Bank and IMF while he is in the US.

The IMF and Pakistan are expected to negotiate next week, according to sources.

Sources claim that Islamabad will apply for a new credit package from the IMF.

The Finance Minister’s itinerary also includes meetings with members of think tanks and the world press.

Last month, Pakistan and the IMF came to a staff-level agreement over the third and final review of the $3 billion stand-by arrangement. Should the board of the global lender approve this deal, Pakistan will get approximately $1.1 billion.

Although a specific date has not been determined, the IMF board is anticipated to evaluate the case in late April, according to a spokeswoman.

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Pakistan’s petrol prices are anticipated to rise.

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The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) will not disclose the anticipated increase in fuel prices until its work is finished, according to sources.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will receive the summary of the petrol price, and sources further stated that the new pricing will be revealed following his approval today.

Noteworthy to highlight is that Pakistan was previously ordered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to impose an 18% General Sales Tax (GST) on gasoline.

Details indicate that Pakistan was requested by the Monetary Fund to stop reducing sales tax on all goods, including gasoline.

To boost tax revenue, Pakistan’s recently elected government should impose a sales tax on petroleum items in addition to a Rs 60 charge.

High-speed diesel (HSD) was reduced by Rs3.32 per litre on March 31 but petrol prices increased by Rs9.66 per litre by the government.

In contrast to the reduction in the price of high-speed diesel (HSD) to Rs282.24 from Rs278.92, the price of gasoline jumped to Rs289.41 per litre.

The adjustments were brought about by a commensurate increase in the price of gasoline and a decline in the price of HSD on the global market, according to a statement released by the Finance Ministry.

According to the statement, the adjustment was made in accordance with government policy, which transfers pricing differences from the foreign market to the home market.

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