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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 - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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