ISLAMABAD – Caretaker Federal Minister for Information Murtaza Solangi has responded to the deployment of the Pakistan Army in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Amid widespread rumors and speculations after the deployment of armed forces in the region, Solangi took to social media to clear the air and turned down the reports claiming the deployment of Army to maintain law and order.
He said the Pakistan Army and civil armed forces were positioned to maintain law and order only for the chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain which is slated to be held next week.
In a series of post on X, former Twitter, the minister dropped pictures showing normal routine activities in the country’s northernmost region. He said major roads, trade centers, business activities and educational institutions are open as normal days.
In a statement released by the Home Department of Gilgit-Baltistan, it has been clarified that the situation in Gilgit-Baltistan is completely peaceful and the news and speculations circulating in media regarding the deployment of Pakistan Army are completely baseless.— Murtaza Solangi (@murtazasolangi) September 3, 2023
He however mentioned that security has been beefed up for the security of procession routes and Imambargahs as per practice in previous years, and section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 has been imposed to protect the lives and property of the people and avoid any untoward incident.
Different media reports suggest that the situation in G-B remain tense as clerics make insensitive remarks, triggering a strong response from different school of thought.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|