Pakistan rejects British media reports about exporting coronavirus

Associated Press of Pakistan 08:18 PM | 2 Jul, 2020
Pakistan rejects British media reports about exporting coronavirus

ISLAMABAD – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Dr Moeed Yusuf on Thursday strongly rejected the news that the Pakistani passengers were allegedly exporting the coronavirus to other countries.

Such news were spreading by the British media about the Pakistani expatriates that they returned to the United Kingdom with COVID-19 symptoms, but it was not the stance of UK government as confirmed by the British high commissioner, he said while addressing a press conference at the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).

Dr Moeed said Pakistan was the only country which was holding tests, ensuring quarantine and screening of the outbound passengers.

Only 30 Pakistanis, who returned to the UK, were tested positive for the COVID-19 while the British media was exaggerating their number, he added.

He said there was no justification in making a hue and cry against Pakistan for allegedly exporting the coronavirus. Both the international and national media made a baseless propaganda on the issue as it was not the only case with Pakistan. There were instances that many people of one country were tested corona positive in the country of their destination, he added The SAPM advised the people having symptoms to avoid traveling abroad as some countries were not allowing such passengers and they might be deported back.

He said 90 percent overseas Pakistanis stranded in the Gulf countries in the wake of coronavirus pandemic had been repatriated, while the rest would be brought back by next week.

Dr Moeed said screening of outbound passengers had been made mandatory for the last three months. All the countries had imposed the condition of test. The policies of the destination country and the airline should be followed completely by the outbound passengers. travel with symptoms of coronavirus was prohibited. There were some incidents where the passengers had presented invalid medical certificates, which later created embarrassment for country on the foreign soil, he added. The SAPM said the flight operation was being carried out for stranded Pakistanis and the ones in emergency would also be given priority. It was only for the repatriation of stranded tourists and not for those who wanted to have leisure trips. "Our priority is to facilitate the labourers and everybody should show responsibility," he added.

Moeed Yusuf said the Pakistan International Airlines flights for the Gulf region would continue. Pakistanis had been brought back from 70 countries, he added.

He said the coronavirus was still an issue and the people should follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs). The coronavirus test was mandatory for travelling abroad and without test, no passenger should come to the airports, he added.

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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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