LAHORE – Ousted Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan said his government’s decision to extend former chief of the army staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term in 2019 was a ‘mistake’.
The defiant politician made these remarks during an exclusive interview with Bol News as he revealed that Gen Bajwa was playing a ‘double game’ and he could later identify that even PTI members were being given different messages.
PTI chief added that the retired general used to give different messages to his party members, admitting he had a strange attitude after the extension.
Responding to a question, Khan said he used to trust whatever Gen Bajwa said. He continued saying that ‘I would tell him [Gen Bajwa] that both of us are thinking about Pakistan and our only purpose was to save the country,’ adding that he didn’t know how he was being betrayed.
Khan mentioned receiving reports from the Intelligence Bureau about a ‘game’, admitting that he was aware for some time about retired officials and then opposition members.
PTI chief said an extension should not be given at that time, adding that the situation was otherwise and he had not many options.
Opposes elections after March
Sharing his views on upcoming general polls, the former premier said he invited the ruling coalition to hold talks over the date of general elections, noting that his party would only wait till March 2023.
if the government is ready to hold elections by the end of March, he would not dissolve Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies, Khan said while hinting at dissolving assemblies, if Sharif-led government mulled extending polls after March.
He cited the worsening economic situation as a key reason behind the demand for early elections and mentioned that the debt of cash strapped country was constantly increasing with every passing day. Rulers run away in the end and it’s the citizens who suffer, he added.
PTI chief also mentioned that Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi had promised to follow his orders, saying the latter has given him the full authority to dissolve the assembly whenever I want.
Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.
On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.
Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||361.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.63||36.98|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.
On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.
In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Karachi||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Quetta||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Attock||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Multan||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|