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TTP announces ceasefire in South Waziristan after PM Imran confirms peace talks in Afghanistan

11:00 PM | 1 Oct, 2021
TTP announces ceasefire in South Waziristan after PM Imran confirms peace talks in Afghanistan

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a banned outfit, on Friday announced a cessation in hostilities between its fighters in South Waziristan and the army.

The proscribed group in a statement said that all fighters in the region have been asked to observe a ceasefire till October 20.

The TTP said that their leaders are engaged in what it described as "secret talks", without sharing any further details.

The development comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan told a foreign news channel that the Pakistani government was currently in talks with some factions of the TTP to find grounds for reconciliation.

The premier, in an interview with TRT World’s Ali Mustafa in Islamabad, said: “I think some of the Pakistani Taliban groups actually want to talk to our government. You know, for some peace, for some reconciliation."

When asked to confirm whether talks between Pakistan and the TTP are underway, PM Khan said that talks are being held "with some of them".

He said that Afghan Taliban are "helping" in the process, in the sense that the talks are being held in Afghanistan.

If the talks for disarmament of the TTP succeed, he said, the government would forgive them and they woulf become normal citizens.

Stressing that he was hopeful of some sort of deal with the TTP, the premier said: "I do not believe in military solutions. I am anti-military solutions. So I always believe that ... political dialogue is the way forward, which I always believed was the case in Afghanistan with the US."

PM Khan said he always believed that a non-military solution was the only way forward to handle the Afghan conflict.

In mid-September, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the government would be "open to giving" a pardon to members of the outlawed TTP if they end their terrorist activities and surrender to government’s writ.

Speaking to The Independent, the foreign minister expressed concerns overs the release of TTP militants from prisons in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of Kabul.

"If those guys come and start creating problems for us over here, it will affect innocent lives and we don't want that," Qureshi said while referring to the TTP.

He said, "If [the TTP] are willing to mend fences and not take the law into their hands and not get involved in terrorist activities and they submit and surrender to the writ of the government and the Constitution of Pakistan, we are even open to giving them a pardon."

"But as long as they do not come and start undertaking terrorist activities [in Pakistan]. That is our concern," he emphasised.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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