Five things PM Nawaz Sharif will have to do immediately upon return

02:31 PM | 4 Jul, 2016
Five things PM Nawaz Sharif will have to do immediately upon return
LAHORE (Ali Zain) - It has been over a month and a half since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for London for medical treatment and his doctors have advised him to avoid travel for a speedy recovery. He is set to undergo a medical check-up this week, during which doctors are expected to issue a new travel advisory.

Some sources say that the prime minister will leave for Pakistan on July 10, while others are of the opinion that it is still too early to discuss a date. They say that although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the top leadership of PML-N are considering his return in the week after Eid-ul-Fitr, but the exact date of his return depends on the doctors' advice and other circumstances.

Whenever the premier returns home, he will have to attend to these five things immediately:

Defuse the Political Tension:

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has been a critic of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government since 2013. But currently the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which had aligned with PML-N against PTI's 2014 sit-in in Islamabad, has also sided with PTI against the ruling party. And this is a matter to be worried about.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has even demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation, and Asif Zardari has also categorically backed his son on this demand.

The news of a forward block within the ranks of PML-N is also worrisome. The members of the forward block held a meeting with Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Senator Ishaq Dar also invited them to an Iftar dinner. Still, the majority of the angered PML-N lawmakers avoided these meetings.

In such a situation, any nexus among PTI, PPP and PML-N's forward block can create serious political problems for the Prime Minister. Therefore, countering this possibility will be the PM's most important task upon return.

Appointment of ECP Members:

All four seats of members of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) lie vacant these days and they must be filled for the institution to continue functioning. The Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have to make the appointments in consultation with each other. The prime minister will have to engage the opposition political parties in talks on this matter, right after his return.

Selection of a New Army Chief:

Another crucial job which awaits Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan is the appointment of a new Chief of Army Staff to replace General Raheel Sharif, who has already announced that he doesn't believe in any extension in his service.

Though the appointment will be effective by the end of November this year, the process to select a new military commander has to be initiated now. The process of selection of a new army chief also includes interviews with top generals eligible to be given the role.

Set up a Commission on Panama Papers:

This is a long-awaited job to be done by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Though he had written a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for this purpose, the letter was returned with several objections. A joint committee of government and opposition was then formed to frame Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the proposed commission.

The committee, unfortunately, has so far failed to reach an agreement on the ToRs for the proposed commission. If delayed any further, the Panama Papers could form the basis of a powerful anti-government movement.

Resolve Ongoing Tensions with Afghanistan:

Pakistani and Afghan forces exchanged fire on the border for three days over a dispute on the construction of a border crossing during Nawaz Sharif's absence. Now, although both sides are silent on this matter, a lot yet remains to be done.

The Pakistani military is currently busy digging deep trenches along the Afghan border - which may irk Kabul any time.

Meanwhile, the statement of Mehmood Khan Achakzai, who is an ally of Nawaz Sharif government, in which he said "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa belongs to Afghans" is another affair linked to this matter.

So, upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's return, if the matter goes unattended it might lead to problems for the government (just recall the anti-military statement of PML-N leader Senator Mashahadullah Khan which resulted in his resignation from a federal ministry last year).


Pakistani rupee inches up against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check latest rates here

Pakistani rupee witnessed upward trajectort against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Wednesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.7 for buying and 286.75 for selling.

Euro remained stable at 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate increased to 361 for buying, and 364 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.6 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 6 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.7  286.75 
Euro EUR 309  312 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 361  364 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.6 78.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.58 766.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.93 40.33
Danish Krone DKK 41.41 41.81
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.49 36.84
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 923.13 932.13
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.97 61.57
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.89 177.89
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.68 26.98
Omani Riyal OMR 740.01 748.01
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.36 79.06
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.45 27.75
Thai Bhat THB 8.09 8.24

Gold price sees major drop in Pakistan; Check today gold rates - 6 Dec 2023

KARACHI – Gold prices in the local market continue to decline in line with the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 6 December 2023

On Wednesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,100. 

Each tola for 24 karat is Rs216,700, 22 Karat is Rs198,640, and 21 karat rate per tola is Rs189,613 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,525.00 for single tola.

In the global market, the precious metal moved down, and hovers around $2023 per ounce after drop of around $10.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Karachi PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Islamabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Peshawar PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Quetta PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sialkot PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Attock PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujranwala PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Jehlum PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Multan PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Bahawalpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujrat PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nawabshah PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Chakwal PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Hyderabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nowshehra PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sargodha PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Faisalabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Mirpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625


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