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‘Meant no disrespect to Pashtun culture,’ Pakistan envoy to UN clarifies comments on women education in Afghanistan

07:50 PM | 3 Feb, 2023
‘Meant no disrespect to Pashtun culture,’ Pakistan envoy to UN clarifies comments on women education in Afghanistan
Source: @PakistanUN_NY (Twitter)

NEW YORK – Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Munir Akram has clarified his recent remarks wherein he equated the ban on women education in Afghanistan with the Pashtun culture. 

The clarification came a couple of days after Akram faced backlash for his remarks he made during a briefing at UN in New York on Wednesday.  

“The restrictions that have been put by the Afghan interim government, flow not so much from a religious perspective as from a peculiar cultural perspective of the Pashtun culture, which requires women to be kept at home,” he remarked during the briefing. “And this is a peculiar, distinctive cultural reality of Afghanistan which has not changed for hundreds of years.”

The comments drew flak from Pakhtuns and human rights with some calling them an insult to the Pashtun culture. 

Responding to the criticism, the senior diplomat said he did not intend to disrespect the Pashtun culture and hurt sentiments of anyone. He clarified that he had referred to the a peculiar perspective. 

“There was no disrespect meant to the Pushtun culture which is highly progressive and deserves all respect across the world,” he was quoted as saying by the state-owned news agency. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
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 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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