The Pakistani rupee strengthened for the ninth consecutive session against the US dollar, appreciating 0.3% in the inter-bank market on Monday. As per the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the rupee settled at 295.95 after an increase of Re0.9 in the inter-bank market. During the previous week, the rupee appreciated nearly 2.1% across the five sessions to close at 296.85 against the US dollar in the inter-bank market. The currency closed positive on all five days, extending its winning run to eight successive sessions as momentum continued to favour the rupee. The change in fortune comes as authorities introduced reforms in the Exchange Companies’ sector and reportedly cracked down on smuggling, lending support to the currency markets.