Dollar crossed Rs100 barrier in a nervous currency market yesterday amid live TV coverage of the arrival of Dr Tahirul Qadri and subsequent events in the day.
Currency dealers in the open market said that the arrival of Dr Qadri and ensuing political tension depressed the market. Nervous traders turned to money market to cover their future needs. The buying of dollar spiked and ultimately the price went up to cross the red line.
“We sold dollar for over Rs100 and purchased it for Rs99.90,” said Anwar Jamal, a currency dealer. For the last four months, the dollar-rupee parity stayed stable fluctuating in a narrow band in the open market. It remained under Rs100.
Currency dealers said the sudden increase in the dollar price was the “Qadri impact” and it might continue if such a situation persists.