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Gold hits Rs50,000/tola

Gold hits Rs50,000/tola

KARACHI: Domestic gold prices rose Rs100 to touch Rs50,000 per tola (around 11.7 grams) once again on Monday, according to All Karachi Sarafa Jewellers Association. The 10-gram rates increased by Rs86 to Rs42,857.

Haji Haroon Rasheed Chand, the association’s president, said the commodity’s prices were rising mainly on the back of surge in domestic demand as people are buying yellow metal for investment.

Domestic gold fluctuates in line with world’s trend, but the association has been issuing rates which do not match with the global prices. For instance, it said global rates dropped by $1 to $1,177 per ounce, whereas according to the Reuters news agency, spot gold was up 0.5 per cent at $1,178.21 an ounce at 1500 GMT on Monday.

Besides, the gold body also mentions difference between gold prices in Dubai and Pakistan. “The price of yellow metal in Pakistan is Rs800-1,000 higher per tola than Dubai,” Mr Chand said.




Gold imports fell to 154 kilograms ($5.8 million) in July-November 2016 from 297kg ($11.2m) a year ago, according to figures of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Jewellery exports during the period rose 16 per cent year-on-year to $3.3m.

Chairman of the Export Committee of All Pakistan Gem Merchants and Jewellery Association Habirur Rahman said gold prices in Pakistan have increased by Rs1,000-1,200 per tola since November despite declining trend in world market rates.

From May to October 2016, the trend was reverse as gold prices were low in Pakistan as compared to the world market. This was because gold was being smuggled to Pakistan from Dubai at present while the situation was the other way round from May to October 2016, he said.

He believed Pakistanis were not showing any extra enthusiasm in investing in gold due to higher value of the precious metal as compared to the world market.

Published in Dawn, January 10th, 2017

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