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In maiden speech as Balochistan CM, Bugti offers olive branch to dissidents 

03:08 PM | 2 Mar, 2024
In maiden speech as Balochistan CM, Bugti offers olive branch to dissidents 

QUETTA – The newly-elected Chief Minister of Balochistan, Sarfraz Bugti, reiterated on Saturday the provincial government’s commitment to pursuing dialogue with those engaged in armed insurgency.

In his victory speech following his election as the province’s chief executive, Bugti offered an olive branch to dissidents, emphasizing the importance of both deterrence and dialogue in addressing the law and order situation in Balochistan. 

He called upon armed groups to embrace mainstream politics and contribute to the province’s development.

While urging Baloch insurgents to pursue their goals within the framework of Pakistan’s Constitution, Bugti emphasised that the state’s authority would not be compromised. He stressed that avenues for achieving rights lie through parliamentary channels rather than armed struggle.

Bugti, a leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was unanimously elected as the leader of the house with 41 votes. The session was chaired by Speaker Abdul Khaliq Achakzai.

Bugti is scheduled to take the oath of office later today in a ceremony at the Governor House, administered by Governor Abdul Wali Kakar. 

Expressing gratitude to all voters, including opposition parties, Bugti highlighted the message of consensus conveyed by the unopposed election of the speaker, deputy speaker, and leader of the house, particularly crucial during challenging times for the province.

Addressing the PPP’s role as a representative of the federation, Bugti expressed confidence in Bilawal Bhutto’s leadership to address national crises, with a belief that Asif Ali Zardari will guide the country out of difficulties, stressing the importance of reconciliatory politics.

Identifying governance, terrorism, and climate change as primary challenges, Bugti outlined the government’s strategy to tackle these issues. He emphasized the need for legislators and the province’s bureaucracy to take responsibility and avoid blaming others for shortcomings, particularly in governance.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

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

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76


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