US needs to lavish praise on Pakistan for its self-financed anti-terror drive: FO

06:50 PM | 5 Jan, 2018
US needs to lavish praise on Pakistan for its self-financed anti-terror drive: FO
ISLAMABAD - The Foreign Office on Friday stated that the United States should have appreciated Pakistan for battling terrorism largely from its own resources.

According to a communique issued,  FO spokesperson stated that the US decision (regarding aid cuts) will impact the pursuit of common objectives as Pakistan was engaged with the US administration on the issue of security cooperation and await further details.

"Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism largely from its own resources which has cost over $120 billion in 15 years," said the statement.

The spokesperson Dr Faisal asserted that the country was determined to continue to do all it takes to secure the lives of its citizens and broader stability in the region.

"The cooperation between Pakistan and US in fighting terrorism has directly served US national security interests as well as the larger interests of the international community," the statement continued.

He further stated that through a series of major counter-terrorism operations, Pakistan cleared all these areas resulting in the elimination of organised terrorist presence leading to significant improvement in security in Pakistan.

“Our efforts towards peace are awaiting reciprocal actions from the Afghan side in terms of clearance of vast stretches of ungoverned spaces, bilateral border management, repatriation of Afghan refugees, controlling the poppy cultivation, drug trafficking and initiating Afghan-led and owned political reconciliation in Afghanistan,” the statement added.

The foreign office outlined that working towards enduring peace required mutual respect and trust along with patience and persistence.

"Emergence of new and more deadly groups such as Daesh in Afghanistan call for enhancing international cooperation. Arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing," the statement concluded.

Earlier, the FO summoned US ambassador David Hale over US President Donald Trump’s outlandish statement against Pakistan in which it was alleged that the South-Asian ally lied against the aid provided to it.

The writer is a civil servant.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 24 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 24, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.4 74.15
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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