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Saudi Arabia among Pakistan's best friends, Shehbaz asserts upon return

03:06 PM | 2 Jan, 2018
Saudi Arabia among Pakistan's best friends, Shehbaz asserts upon return
LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif reiterated on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia was amongst best friends of Pakistan as it stood by the country through thick and thin.

"If we look at Pakistan's 70-year history, [we can see that] at every turn — during earthquakes, storms and wars — Saudi Arabia has stood by Pakistan on both diplomatic and international levels," the chief minister said as he addressed the newsmen in Lahore.

The younger Sharif who dashed to the oil-rich kingdom on December 27 stirring speculations in Pakistan emphasised that both countries had blind faith in each other.

"I went to Saudi Arabia after being invited for Umrah" he responded when asked that there had been increasing criticism by opposition parties on the recent visit.

When asked by newsmen if the visit to Saudi Arabia was an attempt to secure an NRO type settlement, Shahbaz left the question unanswered and resorted to saying "for God's sake!".

He was also asked about his sudden dash to Saudi Arabia on a special plane to which the chief minister replied: Why are you dragging me in this debate of private or special plane?

Let it be known that the Sharif duo met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman late Monday night.

According to a statement issued, the former premier left for Madinah and visited Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) after the crucial huddle with the aspiring Saudi King.

Earlier the chief minister headed directly to kidney and liver transplant institute from Lahore airport and inspected its different sections.

The writer is a civil servant.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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