Pakistan calls upon UN to take note of rising HR abuses in IOJ&K

Web Desk 08:30 AM | 2 Jul, 2020
Pakistan calls upon UN to take note of rising HR abuses in IOJ&K

GENEVA - Pakistan has called upon the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights to take note of scale and gravity of rising human rights abuses in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K).

While participating at 44th Session of Human Rights Council, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Khalil Hashmi said that the primary goal behind the unilateral actions of India is to change the demographic composition of the occupied territory.

The representative said that the country is imposing its signature imperialist policies by granting domicile certificates to non-residents in thousands.

Khalil Hashmi said this 21st century version of muzzling fundamental rights, flagrant disregard of democratic principles and non-compliance of international law are being carried out by nearly one million military and paramilitary Indian forces.

He said the UN High Commissioner has been alerting the Council on the dire human rights situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Since the last Kashmir report by OHCHR in July last year, the scale and gravity of human rights abuses in Occupied Kashmir has increased significantly. This crisis situation has been unleashed by India's illegal actions of 05 August last year.

The Representative said these abuses and atrocities include arbitrary arrests, detention and imprisonment of political activists and human rights. The Kashmir Bar Association reports that over 600 habeas corpus petitions filed before the High Court since last August remain pending. During this period, nearly 13000 Kashmiris remain imprisoned in various jails without recourse to justice, the Radio Pakistan reported.

Khalil Hashmi said in using excessive force, India has up-scaled weapons' calibre, targeting civilian population and their houses in the so called cordon and search operations. At least 30 Kashmiri youth have been martyred in the last two weeks by Indian military, acting as Judge, Jury and Executioner.

The Representative added that India has promulgated new "Domicile Law" in Kashmir, designed to settle Indian nationals in Jammu and Kashmir and convert Kashmiris into a minority in their homeland.

Khalil Hashmi urged the council and its Special Procedure Mandate Holders should not remain a silent bystander to these human rights crimes in Occupied Kashmir.

He also emphasized upon the High Commissioner to continue remote monitoring of the human rights crisis in Occupied Kashmir and present an updated report in time for the 45th session in September this year.

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Rupee gains massive recovery against US dollar after SBP relaxes rules for banks

KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee experienced a significant surge in its value in the open market against the dollar.

This surge came after a recent directive from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), allowing banks to purchase dollars at the interbank market rate for international card payments. The objective of this move was to narrow the exchange rate gap between the official and informal markets.

According to the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan, the currency market witnessed the dollar being traded at Rs298, compared to its previous day’s closing rate of 311.

The SBP’s decision was influenced by the International Monetary Fund’s demand for Pakistan to stabilize its currency market before resuming a $6.5 billion bailout program.

In a circular, the central bank stated, “In response to the feedback received from various stakeholders, Authorized Dealers are now permitted to buy USD from the Interbank market to settle card-based cross border transactions with international payment schemes (IPS).”

Market analysts had predicted a decline in the value of the rupee following the implementation of these new guidelines.

Zafar Paracha, the General Secretary of the ECAP, expressed that the SBP’s decision was timely and appropriate. He anticipated that it would lead to a decrease of 20 to 25 rupees in the open market currency rate. Paracha also noted that aligning the rates in the official and informal markets would bolster remittance inflows.

Pracha further emphasized that significant disparities in rates between the official and informal markets encourage transactions outside of the official banking system.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – June 1, 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 229,000 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,620.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs181,150 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 211,290.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 229,000 PKR 2125


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