No place for foreign stooges in Balochistan, says CM Zehri

Sarfraz Ali 10:24 PM | 4 Sep, 2016
No place for foreign stooges in Balochistan, says CM Zehri
QUETTA (By Umer Shami) - There is no place in Balochistan for the people who question the integrity of Pakistan, Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri said on Sunday.

He was talking to a selected group of senior media persons at his Secretariat. Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, the spokesperson of Blaochistan Government, was also present on the occasion.

“Pakistan has given us a lot. We have declared open war with the handful of extremist and separatist elements conspiring against Pakistan. They are being funded by our enemies but they are on the run and will be defeated comprehensively,” the Balochistan CM added.

He further said that the Baloch people have taken to streets against the recent provocative statement of Indian premier Narendra Modi. “Why not even ten persons gathered anywhere in Balochistan to support the assertions of Mr Modi? The reason is simple. The so called separatist elements do not enjoy any public support.”

Zehri termed the security situation in the country’s largest province satisfactory. “Apart from the recent tragic event where scores of innocent lawyers were martyred, Balochistan has been relatively peaceful for quite some time due to successful operations against the miscreants by the security forces.

Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri with senior media persons at CM Secretariat Quetta.
Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri with senior media persons at CM Secretariat Quetta.

“In some operations, I personally accompanied the security forces to lend moral support to the troops.”

According to the CM, the Balochistan government is sending parliamentary delegates to different international forums including the United Nations. “These international institutions talk of democracy all the time. The parliamentarians are the true representatives of the Baloch people and when they talk at these forums their voice carries weight.”

He also said that he was planning to write an open letter to the UN Secretary General to apprise the world of the atrocities committed by these miscreants in Balochistan. “When someone is killed in a security operation hue and cry is raised but no one speaks at the plight of ordinary citizens of Pakistan butchered mercilessly in terrorist attacks. There should be no double standards.”

Zehri, however, admitted that fighting religious extremism still remains a challenge. “The war must not stop until all these elements are eliminated. This is a battle for the heart and soul of Pakistan and thus need to continue relentlessly till conclusion.”

He went on to say that the provincial government and security forces were on the same page and enjoyed good working relationship and coordination. “Baloch youth has shown great enthusiasm in joining the armed forces in recent years and now the number of Baloch recruits exceeds 21000,” the CM told the media persons.

He added that the issue of missing persons was being blown out of proportion. “There is no missing person in my tenure of seven months. Also the lists circulated in this connection are mostly fake. The number of such person does not exceed 50 and most of them are sitting across the border.”

Responding to a question regarding pace of development of Gawadar Port and subsequent future prospects for the economy of Balochistan, the chief minister said that Balochistan is expected to get benefits worth billions of rupees once CPEC is executed. “Gawadar is situated right at the mouth of the Strait of Hurmuz. It is going to be the most sought after port to trade with Africa and Chinese exporters and importers will have access to the most efficient trade route in the shape of Gawadar".

“Some foreign powers are creating hurdles to disrupt the CPEC but the government and armed forces are fully committed to complete this project of vital strategic and financial benefit for not only Balochistan but whole of Pakistan.”

He was sure that these projects will also create immense employment opportunities and local population will be given priority in this respect.

He also shared the government’s plans to undertake census next year. “The only reason for delay is the non-availability of manpower from army. It is our considered opinion that a credible census needs the involvement of the armed forces.”

The Balochistan Government is trying its utmost to introduce good governance and start mega developmental projects to create economic activity, Zehri said, adding: “We are the ones who have tackled the menace of corruption. NAB will be giving a cheque of approx. Rs2.5 billion to the Balochistan Government in the coming days. This amount was recovered as a result of drive against corruption.

“We plan to build a state of the art hospital in Quetta with this amount.”

Commenting on the political challenge posed by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri, the CM was quite dismissive of its impact. “There is no response to these calls in Balochistan and even in Punjab. I see that very few people have taken to streets in the recent processions.”

“Write down my words, Imran Khan will get even less seats in the next election as compared to the last election,” Sanaullah Zehri pronounced.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 23, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 23, 2023 (Thursday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.1 286.15
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 343.5 347
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.4 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.55 757.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.77 41.17
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 919.22 928.22
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.66
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 731.97 739.97
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.12 307.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.19 8.34

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 23 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 203,800 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350


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