BJP-PDP rift over Mufti’s remarks crediting Pakistan

05:00 PM | 2 Mar, 2015
BJP-PDP rift over Mufti’s remarks crediting Pakistan
NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – Jammu and Kashmir Sunday got a coalition government as PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was sworn in as the chief minister, giving the BJP its first shot at power in the state after two-month-long negotiations saw both the parties climb down from stated positions on key issues.

With Sayeed, 24 ministers, including former separatist Sajjad Lone, took oath of office during the ceremony attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. Nirmal Singh of the BJP will be the deputy CM.

The alliance between the two parties which have been bitter rivals and hold divergent views on Kashmir will be a tightrope walk, and the first sign of it came immediately after the swearing-in.

Talking to media, Sayeed credited “people from across the border”, separatist , Hurriyat Conference and militants with smooth conduct of polls.

“People from across the border allowed conducive atmosphere during elections. My humble submission is peaceful elections were not possible if they had done something… They allowed this democratic process to go ahead,” the 79-year-old People’s Democratic Party leader said at the press conference.

“I want to say this on record and I have told this to the Prime Minister that we must credit the Hurriyat, militant outfits for the conduct of assembly elections,” he said, with deputy CM Singh sitting by his side.

As the remarks drew angry reactions, the BJP stepped in. “The Election Commission and security agencies who believe in the Indian constitution should be credited for the peaceful and highly successful assembly elections,” BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said in Delhi.

During the negotiations, the PDP had called for talks with Pakistan but the common minimum programme, or the “agenda for alliance”, that was released after the swearing-in was ambiguous on it.

As reported by the Hindustan Times first, the agenda dropped contentious issues like PDP’s self-rule demand and BJP’s demand to abrogate Article 370.

The BJP, the junior partner in the coalition, has agreed to status quo on Article 370 that grants the border state a special status and a separate constitution to which all its ministers also swore allegiance.

The PDP was for revoking the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act that gives sweeping search powers to security forces. The agenda, however, said the government would review security situation to examine need of all the special laws.

The two parties held talks for almost two months to iron out differences after voters didn’t give majority to any of the four main players in the 87-member assembly the results for which were declared on December 23.

The PDP emerged as the single-largest party with 28 seats, most of them in Muslim majority Valley while the BJP got 25 seats in the Hindu-dominated Jammu.

The two sides, said sources, worked on the list of ministers till 3am Sunday. Separatist-turned-politician Sajjad Lone was one of the last to make to the list of cabinet ministers dominated by the PDP.
The Peoples Conference leader took oath from the BJP quota.

This is the second time Sayeed leads a coalition government. He took power in 2002, heading a PDP-Congress alliance, for three years. Unlike other states, Jammu and Kashmir assembly has a six-year term.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 Dec  2023

Pakistani rupee's value remained stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal and other currencies in the open market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Monday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro rate stands at 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound GBP rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED currently hovers around 77.45 while rate of Saudi Riyal stands at 75.82.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 4 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 285.15  287.95 
Euro EUR 309.9  310.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4  360.05 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45 77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues

The gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 4 December 2023

On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043 

A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Karachi PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Islamabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Peshawar PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Quetta PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Sialkot PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Attock PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Gujranwala PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Jehlum PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Multan PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Bahawalpur PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Gujrat PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Nawabshah PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Chakwal PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Hyderabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Nowshehra PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Sargodha PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Faisalabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Mirpur PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720


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