Says former army chief's 'set-up in establishment' still working against PTI
LAHORE – Ousted Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan says the former army chief, General (r) Qamar Javed Bajwa, still has influence over the establishment.
The defiant politician made these remarks during his interaction with journalists at his Zaman Park residence in the provincial capital. He alleged that the set-up of General Bajwa was still working in the establishment, revealing that three lawmakers from his party were told to remain neutral in Punjab CM Parvez Elahi’s vote of confidence.
Khan, 70, is up in arms against the former COAS, who remains mostly tight-lipped about the allegations levelled by the PTI chief. Khan accused General Bajwa of hiring Hussain Haqqani, former Pakistani envoy in Washington, for lobbying against him in the United States.
“Haqqani kept promoting General Bajwa and continued campaigning against me,” he mentioned.
Referring to Bajwa’s ‘set-up’ in the establishment, the PTI chief said that MQM-Pakistan and the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) have been tied to PPP under the latest gambit by the influential people.
During his latest interaction with journos, the ousted premier revealed that his relations with Gen Bajwa went sour because he did not want accountability in Pakistan.
He then called for transparent elections in Pakistan for a sustainable government, linking stability in the South Asian country to free and fair elections.
Referring to a recent audio leak allegedly featuring his wife, the PTI chief said Bushra Bibi was a housewife and she used to go to places like mental health care centres for welfare purposes. He added that Bushra was not alike Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of the PML-N patron Nawaz Sharif, who spends millions on cosmetic surgeries.
The outspoken politician slammed new PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, saying he had nothing to do with cricket. Imran Khan said the constitution of the cricket board had to be changed to bring Sethi in.
Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.
On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.
Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||361.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.63||36.98|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.
On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.
In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Karachi||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Quetta||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Attock||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Multan||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|