MOSCOW/NEW DELHI – India has condemned killings in Ukraine's Bucha and called for investigations as it hardened its stance months after refusing to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
New Delhi earlier refused to support United Nations resolutions condemning the invasion; however, the South Asian country has recently condemned the killings of civilians in Bucha, a city in Ukraine's Kyiv Oblast.
India’s permanent representative to the UN, T.S. Tirumurti termed recent reports of civilian killings in Bucha as ‘deeply disturbing'.
He made the statement in his speech shortly after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a telephonic conversation with India’s foreign minister. Reports suggest that Washington pressurized New Delhi to condemn Kremlin’s military advance in Ukraine.
The Indian administration also abstained several times from condemning the invasion on different platforms.
Modi's government not only stuck to the diplomatic sidelines as the world slaps sanctions against Kremlin, but it also mulled buying Russian oil in Moscow’s time of economic need.
The recent development comes a week after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited India on the first high-level visit since Moscow's military operation against the Eastern European nation.
India remained careful to explain its delicate situation, as it shares decades-old ties with Russia which is its largest defence supplier.
The development comes at a time when civilian dead bodies were found in Bucha after the Russian army retreated from the devastated Ukrainian town.
World leaders expressed horror at the terrible situation in town near Kyiv, where scores of human corpses were spotted on the streets.
Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.
On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.
Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.41||36.76|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.54||176.54|
Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.
Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)
|Lahore||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Karachi||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Quetta||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Attock||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Multan||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|