The Pakistani rupee continued to strengthen against the US dollar for the seventh consecutive session during early trade in the interbank market on Wednesday.

The market remained closed for two days on account of Ashura, but as it opened on Wednesday, the rupee gained 2.51 against the dollar and was trading at 221.49 as of 11:15 am.

Apart from all positive cues, the latest development that played a factor in the rupee’s appreciation includes the announcement that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) intends to invest $1 billion in Pakistani enterprises.

Last week, the UAE said it plans to invest $1 billion in Pakistani enterprises in a variety of economic and investment areas as the country navigates a tough economic situation.

When it comes to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) programme revival, the lender’s Executive Board will meet on August 24 to consider Pakistan’s request to approve the Extended Fund Facility.

But the IMF has asked Pakistan to ensure a financing gap of $4 billion as a condition for the programme’s revival, which the government is trying to arrange from friendly countries.

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